Swedish Aid Plane Leaves For Burma

After days of negotiation, the first humanitarian aid plane bound for Burma left Sweden on Monday evening.

The plane left Örebro for Rangoon containing 150 tents as well as two members of the Swedish Rescue Services Agency who’ll supervise the distribution of the tents on the ground with the help of the Red Cross.

Burma’s military government still remains opposed to letting in foreign aid workers to help the thousands of victims of Cyclone Nargis.

A US aid plane was the first to land in Rangoon on Monday followed by relief plans from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and Medecins du Monde.

However, aid workers complain that much of the aid delivered over the past week has not reached those who need it.

The EU is holding an emergency meeting on getting aid to Burma later on Tuesday.