Food, water rushed in as cyclone kills 351

YANGON - Aid agencies rushed emergency food and water into Myanmar yesterday after a cyclone tore into the impoverished nation, killing more than 350 people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless.

YANGON - Aid agencies rushed emergency food and water into Myanmar yesterday after a cyclone tore into the impoverished nation, killing more than 350 people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless.

Despite the devastation wreaked by tropical cyclone Nargis, the ruling junta vowed to press ahead with its controversial referendum this weekend on a new constitution, which critics say will entrench military rule.

Nargis left at least 351 dead after making landfall in southwestern Myanmar at the weekend, packing winds of 190 kilometres per hour, wrecking thousands of buildings and knocking out power lines, state media reported.

People in the main city, Yangon, were busy yesterday clearing roads blocked by fallen trees and queuing to collect water from neighbours with private wells, as supplies were cut by the storm.

"I haven't seen anything like this ... It will take at least a month to return to normal," a 70-year-old man said. - Sapa-AFP

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