Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Burma cyclone: Death toll set to top 60,000

The big story has been the horrible disater caused by the Burma cyclone. It is hard to really add anything to the story so I am simply going to try to gather all the information into one post.

Let's begin with the where the storm hit:
Burma, officially the Union of Myanmar

Is the largest country by geographical area in mainland Southeast Asia.

The country achieved independence from the United Kingdom on 4 January 1948, as the "Union of Burma." It became the "Socialist Republic of the Union of Burma" on 4 January 1974, before reverting to the "Union of Burma" on 23 September 1988. On 18 June 1989, the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) adopted the name "Union of Myanmar". This controversial name change was not recognized by the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), opposition groups and many English-speaking nations.

The country is bordered by China on the north, Laos on the east, Thailand on the southeast, Bangladesh on the west, and India on the northwest, with the Bay of Bengal to the southwest. One-third of Burma's total perimeter, 1,930 kilometres (1,199 mi), forms an uninterrupted coastline.

The Storm:
Cyclone Nargis
hit Myanmar May 3, 2008. More than 22,000 people are reported to have died as a result of the storm and hundreds of thousands of people rendered homeless as well; 44,000 are still missing.[156]. With the number of reported deaths, Cyclone Nargis is now reported to be one of the world's deadliest storms

The Damage:
The death toll from Burma's devastating cyclone has now risen to more than 22,000, state media have said.

Emergency workers have said more than 60,000 are feared to have been killed by the tropical cyclone in Burma as British aid agencies appealed for the country's secretive military junta to allow them in to help.

Teams of aid workers are on standby for Burma's military rulers to grant visas and access to a country where an estimated one million people are homeless and entire villages are said to have been swept away.

Links to information:

Burma's cyclone death toll soars

Burma cyclone: 10,000 killed in ONE town as massive wave is blamed for death toll set to top 60,000

Burma Cyclone Death Toll 'Hits 22,000'

Aid workers fear Burma cyclone deaths will top 50,000

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