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Aid Shipment Leaves Cambodia for Burma

A World Food Programme (WFP) plane left from Cambodian capital Phnom Penh for Yangon on Saturday May 10, 2008 to deliver aid despite the risk of having supplies seized by the military government.

A plane full of construction equipment and generators left Cambodia after the military government in Myanmar seized two WFP planeloads of high-energy biscuits - enough to feed 95 - thousand people.

With phone lines down, roads blocked and electricity networks destroyed, it is nearly impossible to reach isolated areas in the delta, complicated by the lack of experienced international aid workers and equipment.

But the junta has refused to grant access to foreign experts, saying it will only accept donations from foreign charities and governments, and then will deliver the aid on its own.

State media say 23,335 people died and 37,019 are missing from Cyclone Nargis, which submerged entire villages in the Irrawaddy delta. International aid organizations say the death toll could climb to more than 100,000 as conditions worsen.

Information for this report was provided by APTN.