- Foreign aid workers dedicated to delivering emergency telecoms in disaster areas have been prevented from going into cyclone-hit Burma. Like many charity groups, the Telecoms Sans Frontieres (TSF) organisation has so far been denied entry visas by the military-run government.
A TSF team has been waiting in Bangkok, Thailand, with its equipment all week. "We're stuck for the moment; so much time has been wasted," TSF spokesman Oisin Walton told BBC News.
If visas are eventually granted, the team will go in to set up phone and other network links. These will be used by many aid groups to co-ordinate the huge relief effort that is needed.
Locals will also be offered "welfare calls", to make contact with friends and family who will have been worried about their safety. The UN fears more than 1.5 million people have been affected by Cyclone Nargis which struck on Saturday.
Tens of thousands have made homeless; communications are down and roads have been washed away. TSF initially scrambled a team of five and 80kg of equipment in Bangkok on Saturday, at the request of the UN.
The telecoms group then waited with other relief workers for approval from the Burmese government to enter the country.
"We are on a list with the UN for visas and we're not getting...