Τρίτη, 6 Μαΐου 2008

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The Burmese government have been accused of failing to issue timely weather warnings

The Irrawaddy Delta before the cyclone hit (left) and after (right) [Image: Nasa]

The two satellite photos above from the US space agency Nasa show the devastating affect of Cyclone Nargis which swept over the Irrawaddy delta region of Myanmar on Saturday.


The first cyclone of the 2008 season in the northern Indian Ocean hit Myanmar (Burma) and the region is pictured in this satellite image from NASA's Terra satellite taken and released May 5, 2008.


Cyclone Nargis approaches Myanmar (R) in this satellite image from NASA's Terra satellite taken May 1 and released May 6, 2008.

Source (Images ): REUTERS/NASA/Handout

The image on the left taken in April 15 shows the Irrawaddy river flowing south and splitting into numerous distributaries.

Rivers and lakes are sharply defined against a backdrop of vegetation and fallow agricultural land.

The image on the right taken on May 5 shows the entire coastal plain is flooded after the area took a direct hit from the cyclone.

The city of Yangon (located by the red rectangle) is almost completely surrounded by floods.

Source (Satellite photos): NASA/Al Jazeera

Up to a million people may have been left homeless in Myanmar by the weekend's devastating cyclone, UN officials have said, as the death toll from the storm continues to soar.

As damage assessment reports came in from the worst-hit areas, Myanmar's state media said on Tuesday that at least 22,000 people have been killed, with another 41,000 missing.


In just one town alone, Bogolay, 10,000 people died when Cyclone Nargis swept across Myanmar on Saturday, flattening 95 per cent of the houses.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Noppadon Pattama, Thailand's foreign minister, on Tuesday said: "Conditions are very bad. We need temporary housing, shelters ... humanitarian assistance should be given to Myanmar very urgently."

"In our small part, we have donated food and medicines, and $100,000 financial assistance to Myanmar.

"I am not sure whether they could clean up in two weeks but it is going to take longer to build shelters or repair houses because the scale is far-reaching."


Aid agencies say there are serious shortages of power, drinking water and food in the disaster areas, raising fears of disease outbreaks because of poor sanitation and lack of medical supplies.

"Our biggest fear is that the aftermath could be more lethal than the storm itself," said Caryl Stern, US head of Unicef, the UN children's fund.


Wiped out

The densely-populated Irrawaddy delta region took the full force of the storm, and relief agencies say many of the poorest communities there have been virtually wiped out.

Large areas of cropland have also been destroyed in what is the country's main rice-producing region.

Already food prices in Yangon and other parts of Myanmar have soared by up to 100 per cent since the storm hit, adding to the burden of Myanmar's millions of poor.

Paul Risley, spokesman for the World Foof Programme in Bangkok, said the UN food agency hoped to step up airborne deliveries within the next 48 hours.

"The challenge will be getting to the affected areas with road blockages everywhere, he said.

The UN says emergency supplies are urgently
needed to prevent disease outbreaks [EPA]
As the scale of the crisis becomes clear, Myanmar's military government has made a rare appeal for international assistance.

Nyan Win, Myanmar's foreign minister was quoted on Tuesday by state-run television as saying that at least 10,000 people had died in the delta region, while a smaller number died in and around Yangon, the country's largest city.

"News and data are still being collected, so there may be many more casualties," he said.

Meanwhile, international relief operations are slowly beginning to get access to Myanmar.

The first emergency flight from Thailand was expected to land in Yangon on Tuesday afternoon; the European Union has pledged just over $3m in aid; while China has also said it is ready to offer assistance.

China has long been a staunch diplomatic ally of Myanmar's military government, which is regarded as a pariah in the West because of its human rights record.

The US has also pledged emergency aid, but said more would only be forthcoming once Myanmar allows international assessment teams into the country.

Myanmar's military government has previously been suspicious of outside aid offers and have put tough restrictions on the few aid agencies that are allowed to operate in the country.


On Tuesday it announced that a planned national referendum on a new military-backed constitution would be postponed in some of the areas worst-hit by the storm, but would go ahead on schedule in the rest of the country.


The ruling generals have touted the new constitution as a key step on the path to democratic elections in 2010.

But the referendum and the new charter have been dismissed as a sham by pro-democracy groups as well as the US and other Western governments who say they are designed merely to ensure the military's continued grip on power.

The government had been hoping for an easy ride with the referendum, and it remains to be seen what effect the current crisis will have on the vote.


Some opposition groups have suggested the impact of the cyclone could stir an already tense political situation in Myanmar, especially given the government's apparent inability to help its own citizens.

Source (article): Al Jazeera

17 σχόλια:

geokalp είπε...

22.500 οι νεκροί, 41.000 οι αγνοούμενοι

εμείς δώσαμε €200,000...

Τdi είπε...

....ναι...και τα πονέσαμε κιόλας!

Τdi είπε...

Τι θα έλεγες αν υπήρχε πιθανότητα, να μπορούν στο μέλλον να δημιουργούνται κυκλώνες και τυφώνες..από τους εκάστοτε στρατούς..και οι βομβαρδισμοί να δώσουν την θέση τους σε 'τεχνητές' φυσικές καταστροφές;

Τdi είπε...

Υπάρχει μια ταινία του BBC και παραθέτει έτσι ένα extreme σενάριο..αλλά αν οι πολεμοκάπηλοι και οι μιλιταριστές μαθαίνανε ότι υπάρχει πιθανοτητα..έχε γειά..γειά χαρά!

geokalp είπε...

άντε να σε βάλω να ψάχνεις πάλι...

geokalp είπε...

λοιπόν, στη προηγούμενη δεκαετία στην ιαπωνία υπήρχε μια πολύ δυνατή αίρεση με επικεφαλή τον Ασαχάρα, ένα θηρίο κυριολεκτικά

Τdi είπε...

Τρομαχτικό πάντως είναι όπως και αν το σκεφτείς...

Τdi είπε...


geokalp είπε...

αυτός ο Ασαχάρα είχε πολλούς υποστηρικτές, έως και ανθρώπους που του έδιναν ότι είχαν...

για να μην τα πολυλογώ

ο Ασαχάρα και κάποιοι οπαδοί του κατηγορήθηκαν και καταδικάστηκαν για τρομοκρατικές ενέργειες με τη χρήση του αερίου Σαρίν στο μετρό του τόκυο
είχαν πεθάνει και κάμποσοι...

geokalp είπε...

χωρίς να το έχω επιβεβαιώσει 100%, ο Ασαχάρα θεωρήθηκε ότι ήταν υπεύθυνος για την δημιουργία σεισμών σε ιαπωνικό έδαφος
διέθετε πολλά χρήματα, ανθρώπους πιστούς, τεχνολογία και κρυσφύγετα
ο θρύλος θέλει να έχει κάνει νομίζω δύο σεισμούς με τη χρήση τεχνολογίας

Τdi είπε...

Εντάξει το chemical warfare έπαιξε στον πόλεμο Ιράν-Ιράκ. Αυτό που είπα πριν είναι ρε συ πολύ πιο σοβαρό.
Πως αντιμετωπίζεται;; Μου λες;;

Μόνο τα πυρηνικά έχουν τόσο μεγάλη ισχύ όπως αυτό...

geokalp είπε...

Shoko Asahara

Τdi είπε...

Το δεύτερο τώρα το διάβασα....

geokalp είπε...

μιλάω για σεισμούς

Τdi είπε...

Αίρεση my ass...

Απόστρατος μιλιταρεπιστημονας!

Τdi είπε...

Πάλι έβαλες τρελές πρίζες φιλαράκο...γι'αυτό είσαι μέντορας..

geokalp είπε...

έκανε κάτι σα σεισμό το '95