The first shipments of international aid arrived in Burma on Friday, almost a week after Cyclone Nargis smashed into the hermetic country, causing widespread devastation and exposing, once again, the neuroses of its ruling military leadership.
Close to 23,000 people are now believed to have died in the immediate aftermath of the storm, with another 40,000 unaccounted for, but international observers predict that the final tally will be far higher. The UN said the toll could be 100,000.
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