Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. is to announce an aid package to help hundreds of thousands hit by floods in Myanmar. Paul Chapman reports.
The lives of more than 210, 000 people have been thrown into misery by the widespread flooding in Myanmar. At least 47 people have been killed. Weeks of heavy monsoon rains have prompted the country's government to ask for international help to provide food, shelter and clothing. China's been handing out relief supplies this week. Japan says it'll respond to Myanmar's appeal. Now U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says American plans are underway to help out too. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYING: "Our embassy in Yangon is coordinating very closely with the emergency operation centre that we helped to put together and we will soon announce a flood-relief aid-package as soon as we've worked out with your (Myanmar) officials, precisely where that will be directed." Help can't come soon enough. Some of those forced to flee their homes say they have nothing left. (SOUNDBITE)(Rahkinese) MA AYE SAW, 26-YEAR-OLD RAKHINE RESIDENT, SAYING: "We didn't die because we evacuated to the hill as I have a baby. We have nothing left now. I don't even have a bra or a longyi." Myanmar's call for international help is in stark contrast to the devastating cyclone of 2008 when the country was ruled by generals who refused any outside assistance.