YANGON (AFP) - The UN said Friday it would resume aid flights into Myanmar after a suspension triggered by a tussle with the military regime over two planeloads of goods meant for desperate cyclone survivors. The junta has refused to allow foreign relief workers to direct the relief effort after the disaster which struck a week ago, drawing condemnation from the United Nations and world leaders who urged the ruling generals to open their doors. The wrangle with the UN's World Food Programme cast further doubt on the regime's claim to be doing all it can to save the 1.5 million people at risk of disease and starvation after last week's devastating storm. "The World Food Programme has decided to send in two relief flights as planned tomorrow, while discussions continue with the government of Myanmar on the distribution of the food that was flown in today, and not released to WFP," said Nancy Roman, WFP director of public policy and communications. According to the military government, the death toll is almost 23,000, with another 42,000 missing, but the United States says more than 100,000 could have perished. The row with the UN came shortly after the junta, which has a long history of thumbing its nose at the international community, announced in the state-run press that it was "not ready" to allow foreign experts in. "The international community can best help the victims by donating emergency provisions such as medical supplies, food, clothes, electricity generators, and materials for emergency shelters with financial assistance," it said. "Myanmar will wholeheartedly welcome such course of actions. The donors and the international community can be assured that Myanmar is doing its best." Countless masses are suffering in the country's waterlogged southern delta, where huge swathes of terrain remain under water since Cyclone Nargis struck last Saturday, and entire villages were washed or blown away. Those still alive are battling myriad problems - dirty water, no food and long exposure to the sun - and experts warn that without immediate relief, the death toll from Cyclone Nargis will keep rising. "The three basic needs are still not being met for hundreds of thousands of people: food, clean drinking water and emergency medical goods," said Paul Risley, a spokesman for the UN's World Food Programme in neighbouring Thailand. "Malaria and dengue fever which are endemic to the area are set to increase. Deadly snake bites are a growing issue as everyone heads for safety," she said. A UN weather expert warned that the country could suffer another major storm this season even as it braces for more bad weather after the devastating impact of the cyclone. Rotting bodies of people and animals are piled up in many places across the remote southern Irrawaddy delta, where the storm's high winds and waves washed entire villages away. In new aid pledges, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said his foundation would donate three million dollars to the humanitarian relief effort. France said it had sent a navy ship loaded with 1,500 tonnes of supplies and that it should arrive by next Thursday.