Monday, May 5, 2008

Local residents react to Myanmar cyclone

Lyanne Melendez Reporting
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Bay Area Burmese In Mourning After Deadly Cyclone

CBS 5 - May 05, 2008

Burmese refugees living in the Bay Area are anxiously waiting for news from relatives while planning to help victims of the cyclone back home.

"Oh, it's very sad," said Jean Gale of Daly City who is originally from Rangoon; one of the worst affected regions of Myanmar.

"Just like we had Katrina here in America," said Gale. "Now, in Burma, we are having this."

Gale said she has been calling back home for days but the phone lines are down.

"It's frustrating," she said, noting that some Internet reports from Burma have described her home region as a war zone.

"We hope for the best because in some townships it's in the news that 75 percent of the buildings have collapsed," said Gale.

Gale is a board member of the Burmese American Democratic Alliance (BADA) - a Bay Area organization that supports the Burmese refugee community. Gale said the organization's mission is promoting freedom and democracy in Burma. Usually, the organization helps political refugees, but now they are mobilizing to help victims from the storm. READ MORE»