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Myanmar cyclone
Myanmar cycloneCourtesy Robert Rohde

229,000 deaths

In the first six months of 2008, natural disasters resulted in 229,000 deaths, effecting 130 million people. The natural disasters responsible for these very high figures are Cyclone Nargis, which struck Myanmar last May 3-4, and the earthquake that shook China a few days later.

The severe hurricane season in the Caribbean and the current floods in India, which are reaching historic proportions, are also considered among the most serious disasters of 2008. (Sálvano Briceño, director of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction)

The Myanmar coast on April 15
The Myanmar coast on April 15Courtesy NASA
Satellite images from NASA of the Burma (or Myanmar) coastline show some pretty amazing pre- and post-cyclone images. It's now thought that the death toll from tropical cyclone Nargis could eventually exceed 100,000.The Myanmar coast on May 5: pictures taken by NASA's Terra satellite.
The Myanmar coast on May 5: pictures taken by NASA's Terra satellite.Courtesy NASA


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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