NGOs in Hong Kong have already pledged HK$3.28 million as aid to Myanmar's cyclone victims. The Hong Kong branches of Oxfam, World Vision and the Red Cross yesterday pledged HK$2 million, HK$780,000 and HK$500,000 respectively to provide relief and to aid Myanmese agencies. The latter two have set up fund-raising hotlines, with World Vision's already raising at least HK$200,000. A spokesman for the Secretariat of Hong Kong's Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee said several non-governmental organisations had indicated they planned to apply for funds. World Vision said it would apply for HK$5 million, and Oxfam said it too was considering the possibility. 'Hong Kong has been well known for its generosity, and we're confident,' World Vision Hong Kong chief executive officer Kevin Chiu Wun-ming said, noting the city donated HK$20 million for tsunami relief in 2004. 'For Myanmar, this is worse than the tsunami,' he said. 'We don't know the true death toll because of communication breakdowns ... [It] could be in the millions.' People have been without food and medicine for days, and by sheltering in close quarters, their immune systems could have weakened, he said. The most urgent tasks were to re-establish road and communications networks and send survival kits. Contrary to claims by some foreign aid agencies, Mr Chiu said World Vision had not experienced problems working with the Myanmese government. The local branches of World Vision, the Red Cross and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) are not focusing on sending personnel, foodstuffs or medical supplies from Hong Kong because their staff in Myanmar and other operational centres around the world are providing them. Difficulties in obtaining Myanmar visas are also forcing some NGOs to drop their plans to send relief workers to the affected areas. However, Buddhist NGO Lotus Light and the Myanmar Doctors Society of Hong Kong said they were considering sending aid and doctors. Oxfam, which has no ground staff in Myanmar, will direct its funds to NGOs in the disaster area. MSF has drawn up a list of about a dozen staff from around Asia, and World Vision Hong Kong may send a three-person team to assess the situation. The Immigration Department said it had received seven inquiries from Hongkongers about relatives and friends living in Myanmar who could not be contacted.