¬†Following the devastating Cyclone Nargis that hit many heavily populated areas of Burma on 3 May, CAFOD is working closely with the international Caritas network to assess how best to respond to the needs of those affected. In the aftermath of a severe cyclone, immediate needs include lack of shelter, lack of food, and damage to water and sanitation systems that could result n the spread of waterborne diseases. It is likely that in the longer term food supplies for the country will be affected as large areas of agricultural land have been affected. The limited access in Burma makes it very difficult for aid agencies and civil society groups to operate. CAFOD hopes that the political environment will not hinder much needed relief supplies reaching those people most affected by the cyclone.