UN helicopters finally allowed into Burma cyclone zone

UN helicopters finally allowed into Burma cyclone zone

UN helicopters finally allowed into Burma cyclone zone

Updated 19 December 2011, 15:38 AEDT

Six United Nations helicopters have been allowed to fly deep into Burma's devastated Irrawaddy delta region, delivering desperately needed supplies to hungry and homeless cyclone survivors.

A spokesman for the UN's World Food Program, Paul Risley, says five of the helicopters arrived in Burma's main city Rangoon on Saturday, and all of them have been allowed to join one chopper that arrived earlier.

He says another four helicopters are expected to be allowed in later this week.

The WFP was given permission, more than two weeks ago, to take 10 helicopters into the devastated areas, but it was only last week when its first helicopter was allowed to make a trip into the delta region.

Mr Risley says they hope to reach 26 villages by the end of Tuesday.

He says there are hundreds of villages still inaccessible and can only be reached by helicopters or boats.

The aircraft will be use to carry food the last leg of the supply chain into the disaster zone.

The Irrawaddy delta bore the brunt of the storm on May 22 that left 133,000 dead or missing.

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