Over 25,000 people have been killed and several thousand more are severely injured and still more are missing after a devastating cyclone struck the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Many officials fear that the death toll could rise as high as 100,000.
What turned out to be a category three storm hit low lying areas and flooded the country's low-lying Irrawaddy River delta area. It left a path of destruction along the southern coast of the country from Labutta to Yangon.
Humanitarian aid has been offered from many quarters but the U.S. State Department said that Myanmar's government has not granted permission for a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) into their country.
Myanmar officials were heard to say, "We can do a heck of a job on our own thank you very much DART-IE." (Brownie canceled his flight plans.)