India sends third air consignment to cyclone victims in Myanmar

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New Delhi, May 8 : India dispatched yet another consignment of aid to cyclone-hit Myanmar today.

An Indian Air Force transport plane IL-76 carrying over 32 tonnes of relief material including tents, blankets and medicines flew from New Delhi for Yangon.

Already two Indian Naval ships carrying essential relief material supplies berthed alongside at naval jetty Yangon on Wednesday.

They were the first ships with aid material to arrive in Myanmar.

Myanmar Minister for Social Welfare Relief and Resettlement Major General Maung Maung Swe received INS Rana and Kirpan with the disaster relief material.

Relief teams have heen finding it tough to reach stricken areas, mostly in the low-lying Irrawaddy River delta, have been difficult, in large part because of the destruction of roads and communications outlets by the storm.

In Yangon, many roofs were ripped off even sturdy buildings, suggesting the severe damage in the shanty towns that lie on the outskirts of the city of five million people.

Shunned by the West for detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and its dismal human rights record, Myanmar has been the target of Western sanctions for years.

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