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Myanmar toll nearly 35,000

The death toll from Myanmar’s Cyclone Nargis has risen to 34,273, with 27,836 people missing, state radio said on Tuesday.

world Updated: May 14, 2008 00:17 IST

The death toll from Myanmar’s Cyclone Nargis has risen to 34,273, with 27,836 people missing, state radio said on Tuesday.

"According to to the latest information at 6pm today, 34,273 were killed, 1,403 were injured and 27,836 missing," it said in a report.

The new official toll raises the number of those killed when the storm hit on May 3 from 31,938 dead and 29,770 missing — figures that were released Monday.

Meanwhile, heavy rains pelted homeless cyclone survivors in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy delta on Tuesday, hampering already slow delivery of aid to more than 1.5 million people facing hunger and disease.

With more foreign aid trickling into the former Burma where a cyclone left up to 100,000 dead or missing, critics exerted pressure on its military rulers to accelerate a relief effort that is only delivering an estimated one-tenth of the supplies needed in the devastated delta.

"The response of the regime in Burma to this crisis has been absolutely callous and those paying the price of this callousness have been the long-suffering Burmese people," Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told parliament.

An Australian air force plane landed in Yangon, Myanmar’s main city, with 31 tonnes of emergency supplies, a day after the first US military aid flight arrived in a country Washington has described as an "outpost of tyranny".

Two more US flights arrived on Tuesday as part of a "confidence building" effort to prod Myanmar's reclusive generals into allowing a larger international relief operation 11 days after the disaster.