May
05
2008

Cyclone kills 4000+ in Myanmar

Cyclone kills 4000+ in Myanmar

The death toll from a devastating cyclone in Yangon, Myanmar has risen to nearly 4,000. Almost 3,000 others are unaccounted for in Yangon. Older citizens said they had never seen Yangon, a city of some 6.5 million, so devastated in their lifetimes. The storm has left hundreds of thousands of people homeless and without clean drinking water, a U.N. official has said.

Update on Myanmar disaster

A tropical cyclone named Nargis devastated the Yangon and Bogalay communities in Mayanmar. For 10 hours starting Friday night, millions of inhabitants endured 20 inches of rain, winds above 240 km/hr, and a 12 foot tidal wave that washed away 95% of the homes in Bogalay. The current count is over 22,000 dead and 41,000 missing.

up to a million people possibly homeless, some villages almost totally destroyed and vast rice-growing areas wiped out" (Associated Press)

Now, some four days later, humanitrian aid is standing by, waiting for the reclusive military rulers to give permission to provide help. Yangon, with its 6.5 million people, needs housing and clean drinking water. Without clean drinking water, the risk of disease spreading is the most serious concern.

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Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

USA Today has an update on the Mayanmar disaster. (click to read)

posted on Mon, 05/05/2008 - 9:46am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

The latest news from MSNBC says that Myanmar expects cyclone deaths to top 10,000.

posted on Mon, 05/05/2008 - 11:25am
Kirsten's picture
Kirsten says:

In the U.S., we do a somewhat decent job of tracking storms as they develop. The reports I am reading make it sound like this storm took Myanmar by surprise. Is weather tracking technology significantly limited in that region? Are there global weather tracking systems that can provide international warnings?

posted on Mon, 05/05/2008 - 10:10pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

The death count is now greater than 22,000 with 41,000 missing ( CNN News)

"US First Lady Laura Bush, a longtime critic of the military that has run the country for 46 years, said the government had not done enough to warn citizens that the storm was approaching.

The UN's disaster reduction agency was also critical.

"Looking at the number of deaths, it leads us to think that an early warning system had not been put in place," an agency spokeswoman said. "Obviously many people did not have time to evacuate." Yahoo News)

Another quote said:

"Timely weather reports were announced and aired" on TV and radio two to three days in advance to keep people "safe and secure," an MRTV anchor reported.

Many of the deaths are attributed to a 12 foot tidal wave.

posted on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 8:46am
Thor's picture
Thor says:

If find it very ironic that someone named Bush could say anything critical about any other government's response to a colossal storm.

posted on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 2:45pm
zephyr's picture
zephyr says:

ya i figured that the us would be experts at tracking storms but i guess we are just ok at it!
Kulyas

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 9:48am
hmoob_muas's picture
hmoob_muas says:

this is so sad......

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 9:49am
nelson.robin's picture
nelson.robin says:

man when you have lot of poepl homeless like that its not good.*

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 9:50am
twila_08's picture
twila_08 says:

I would be so scared. I don't do bad weather at all. that is so sad that all those people died.

Twila Turnage

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 10:08am
MrBig621188's picture
MrBig621188 says:

i feel so sorry for their ppl and their current state their in...but on another note wouldn't it be awsome if u could catch a tornado..that is my dream...

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 10:10am
Andy Korman's picture
Andy Korman says:

that sucks that ppl dont have a home no more. it makes you think how much we take for granted.

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 10:15am
LEE's picture
LEE says:

it's sad. i think i heard about this on the news.

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 10:19am
Looney_Tooney's picture
Looney_Tooney says:

Aww man... That sucks...

U Kno Wat Im Sayin!!!

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 10:22am
BLB's picture
BLB says:

I know its very hard out there... the cyclone corrupts the country, the death count his very high and i know it is still going... my prayers go out to them..

Yadadamean!!!

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 10:24am
andyshadexx's picture
andyshadexx says:

aww that just so sad and one of my friend is there too!! omg

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 9:33pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

The New York Times did a media feature about the cyclone and the affected areas and people.

News reports from various sources yesterday and today say that disaster organizations have moved quickly to provide food, medical supplies, and other necessary items, but the government of Myanmar is not allowing aid workers into the country or distribution of the supplies.

posted on Fri, 05/09/2008 - 10:26am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

In its latest assessment of the scale of the disaster, the U.N. humanitarian agency said between 1.2 million and 1.9 million people were struggling to survive and the number of dead could range from 60,000 to 102,000.

"Today is the 11th day since ... Nargis hit Myanmar," Ban told reporters. "I want to register my deep concern -- and immense frustration -- at the unacceptably slow response to this grave humanitarian crisis.

"We are at a critical point," he said. "Unless more aid gets into the country very quickly, we face an outbreak of infectious diseases that could dwarf today's crisis."(U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon) via Yahoo News

posted on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 1:12pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

While the government continues to limit aid shipments and entrance visas for aid workers, the UN is now estimating that 2.5 million people are affected by the cyclone. The Red Cross estimates that 128,000 people have already died, and that without immediate aid acute injuries, lack of shelter and food, and water- and mosquito-borne diseases are all potential killers.

The UN is considering air drops of food and other supplies if the Myanmar government doesn't improve access soon.

posted on Wed, 05/14/2008 - 3:41pm

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