Storms in Burma had killed tens of thousands, with many thousands more still missing, as Socialist Worker went to press.
Thousands of survivors have fled their homes and are in desperate need of shelter, drinking water, power and communications.
As a poor country with limited infrastructure, Burma is particularly vulnerable to the effects of violent weather but many people believe that the government has not done enough to help.
A retired government worker complained to Reuters news agency, “Where are the soldiers and police? They were very quick and aggressive when there were [democracy] protests in the streets last year.”