Thousands die as Cyclone Nargis hits Myanmar

fallen trees in Yangon, capital of Myanmar, after Cyclone Nargis 2008

Myanmar’s coast and capital city were struck by a major cyclone that may have left 15,000 people dead. According to news reports, whole villages have been destroyed.

Myanmar was formerly Burma. It is ruled by a restrictive military junta, which has been keeping the democratically elected leader under house arrest for years. There’s was some question about whether the government-by-force would let anyone in to help, in case the people would be exposed to foreign contact. However, apparently they have decided to let in relief workers and supplies.

Maps are here: ReliefWeb.

Track of Cyclone Nargis:

Myanmar, 2008-05-05, track of Cyclone Nargis

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