News reports say that Cyclone Nargis may so far have killed 100,000 people. The 120 mph storm hit the Irrawaddy Delta and destroyed a vast rice-growing area. It destroyed the majority of homes in its path and is thought to have left up to a million people homeless.
But while Burma has agreed that it will accept aid from all countries, it is refusing to let in any more foreign workers to manage the necessary operations.
Jersey Side by Side chairman Mike Wavell said today that any money raised in the Island would be passed on only when the charity was confident about where it would be spent.