The United Nations refugee agency says it has set up two field offices in Burma's cyclone-ravaged Irrawaddy Delta. But U.N. assessment teams that traveled to the delta are reporting major logistical difficulties in delivering aid to an estimated one-million people still in need of assistance.
The United Nations said Friday it has reports that Burma's military government is forcing victims of this month's cyclone to leave refugee camps and return to their destroyed villages. Witnesses say victims are being given nothing more than bamboo poles and tarpaulins to rebuild. Senior U.N. representatives have not confirmed independently that Burma is closing its refugee centers. (Terje Skavdal) An official coordinating relief shipments says forced relocations would be "completely unacceptable." The U.S.-based organization Refugees International called for a halt to any forced relocations.