Burma Allows One U.S. Aircraft to Deliver Relief Supplies

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KHNL) -- A week after Cyclone Nargis ripped through Myanmar, killing more than 100,000 people, Burmese officials have finally give permission for a U.S. aircraft to deliver food and relief supplies to Rangoon.

The U.S. government will continue to work with Burmese government on getting more access for non-government and international aid agencies.

American aircraft are standing by in neighboring Thailand once the Burmese junta gives permission for further aid flights.

Press reports out of the Asian nation have put the death toll at more than 100,000 from the cyclone, which hit the Irrawaddy River delta.  Burmese officials said more than 25,000 people have been confirmed dead and another 45,000 are missing.

Gordon Johndroe, a Deputy White House press secretary, says he hopes this is the beginning of a long line of assistance from the United States to the people of Burmese.

"Clearly the junta has determined that the magnitude of this disaster requires additional assistance, and so we're pleased to be able to offer that," said Johndroe.

The U.S. cargo will fly out of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and will land in the former Burmese capital of Rangoon on May 12.