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Table 1 Summary of findings from interviews with cyclone survivors and relief workers:

From: Community-based assessment of human rights in a complex humanitarian emergency: the Emergency Assistance Teams-Burma and Cyclone Nargis

Domain Concern
Basic necessities - Survivors lacked clean water and food
- Distance and cost of obtaining and transporting were challenges that had to be met, often at the sacrifice of meeting other needs
- Shelters and new homes were inadequate; many residents were still homeless or in temporary housing
- Concerned with the stability and protection provided by the new structures
Health - Diarrhea and illnesses related to water shortages persisted
- Noted psychological disorders associated with traumatic event of the storm and loss
- Basic health services remained insufficient (a reality even before the cyclone)
Government interference (direct and indirect) - Check-points were in place along routes into the Delta during the early phases of response
- "Fees" were charged to access disaster areas
- Travel restrictions occurred
- Aid workers were extensively monitored
- Relief workers were required to give aid directly to the authorities
- Relief and reconstruction materials were misappropriated
Security Concerns - Intimidation, abuse, and fear of arrest of relief workers
- Security concerns further obstructed the delivery of aid to cyclone victims
Information - Challenges and security concerns were associated with collecting information
- Needs assessments and coordination of relief activities particularly were hampered by inability to independently collect data and communicate
- Information released through the state-controlled media outlets minimized the extent of the disaster and needs of the victims