This disgraceful situation has been made worse by the regime's desire to take care of the relief effort by themselves, despite having having done a woefully inadequate job thus far. Aid continues to pile up in Rangoon without the adequate logistical capacity to deliver it to those most in need. Further problems are looming for the survivors. This week predicted heavy rains may spoil some aid that has been stockpiled and left undelivered in Rangoon airport. Other natural threats are those of disease from mosquitoes such as malaria and dengue fever along with other threats from contaminated waters sources. Footage released shows the banks of the Irrawaddy lined with corpses that will certainly contaminate what is for many people, the only available water supply.There has got to be a special circle of hell for folks such as those in Burma's junta.
To compound the natural threats, there are still reports arriving from inside of aid appropriation. Although the UN has set up an investigation into the matter, it seems powerless to actually put a stop to the practice. Villagers have reported having to buy gasoline and drinking water at vastly inflated prices from township authorities.
China meanwhile is entering a three day period of mournin, for the victims of last week's earthquake, now described as being of magnitude 8.0. The Guardian news-blog has links to various Chinese bloggers who describe scenes from different parts of the country.
Asia News on how Christians are responding to the disasters: in China, and in Burma.
::UPDATE:: Jen Ambrose in China (Shenzhen?) shares her own experience of the moments of silence at her blog (and in the comments below).