Burma: Cyclone Nargis Death Toll Rises to 22,000

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In summary, Burma has been hit by a devastating cyclone, causing a death toll of over 22,000 and leaving 41,000 missing. Satellite images show the extent of the damage and the BBC has provided ways for people to help. However, the military junta has blocked access for volunteers and confiscated aid supplies, causing organizations like the World Food Programme to suspend aid shipments. This has been frustrating and sad, but there are still ways for people to help through resources like Google's webpage.
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Burma's cyclone death toll soars

The death toll from Burma's devastating cyclone has now risen to more than 22,000, state media have said. Another 41,000 are missing three days after Cyclone Nargis hit the country, causing a huge tidal surge to sweep inland, according to state radio.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7385662.stm

These satellite images vividly show how bad the damage was.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7389848.stm

Here's the BBC webpage on how you can help

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7389735.stm

Unfortunately, the moronic and xenophobic "military junta" have blocked access of volunteers, and confiscated UN supply. In fact, the World Food Programme has been forced to suspended aid.

The World Food Programme has halted aid shipments to Burma after the contents of its first delivery were impounded on arrival in the military-ruled country.

The UN body says the Burmese government seized tonnes of aid material flown into help victims of Cyclone Nargis, which has killed tens of thousands.

The WFP said it had no choice but to halt aid until the matter was resolved.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7392331.stm

It's so frustrating that those idiots are killing their own people by preventing desperately needed aid.
 
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This has been really frustrating and very sad.
 

1. What is Cyclone Nargis and why is it significant?

Cyclone Nargis was a powerful tropical cyclone that struck Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) in May 2008. It is significant because it was one of the deadliest cyclones in recorded history, causing widespread destruction and loss of life.

2. How many deaths were caused by Cyclone Nargis in Burma?

The official death toll from Cyclone Nargis in Burma is estimated to be around 22,000. However, some sources suggest that the actual number of fatalities may be much higher.

3. What were the main impacts of Cyclone Nargis on Burma?

Cyclone Nargis caused massive destruction in Burma, with winds reaching up to 150 mph and storm surges up to 12 feet. It also triggered flooding and landslides, destroying homes, infrastructure, and agricultural land. The cyclone also caused a significant humanitarian crisis, leaving thousands of people without access to food, water, and shelter.

4. How did the Burmese government respond to Cyclone Nargis?

The Burmese government faced heavy criticism for their slow and inadequate response to Cyclone Nargis. The government initially refused to accept foreign aid and restricted access to affected areas, hindering relief efforts. However, they eventually allowed international aid and assistance to help with recovery and reconstruction efforts.

5. What measures have been taken to prevent future disasters in Burma?

After Cyclone Nargis, the Burmese government and international organizations have implemented various measures to improve disaster preparedness and response in the country. This includes building stronger infrastructure, creating early warning systems, and developing emergency response plans. However, there is still much work to be done to ensure the safety and resilience of the Burmese people in the face of natural disasters.

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