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What Happened?
Cyclone Nargis struck in May 2008 and caused huge
devastation in Myanmar (Burma).
The tropical system developed from a low pressure system
in the Bay of Bengal during the last week of April.
The depression slowly moved north- northwest at about 11
km/h (approx 6.8 mph) as convective banding increased
around its centre.
On the 28th April, the system was centred 547 km (340
miles) east of Madras and the IMD (India Meteorological
Department) upgraded the storm to a cyclone.
The storm moved inland, but remained along the coast of
the Irrawaddy Delta, which prevented the rapid weakening
traditionally exhibited by cyclones as they moved over land,
but this didn't happen until the 3rd May.…read more

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Environmental Impacts
The 2008/ 2009 rice harvests were destroyed-
the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization
(FAO) estimated that Nargis impacted 65% of
the countries paddies.
Strong winds of up to 135 mph.
Floodwaters penetrated an estimated 40-50km
(24-31 miles) inland from the coast. Farmland,
livestock and fisheries were all destroyed.…read more

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Social Impacts
50,000 homeless
75% Myanmar's buildings collapsed, but 95%
on the delta alone collapsed.
1,163 temples destroyed.
Many children orphaned
Diseases spread with many survivors dying
from disease.
Majority of the population worked on the
flooded rice fields therefore they lost their
food and income.
200,000 people died/ unaccounted for.…read more

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Economic Impacts
$10 billion worth damage.
The price of rice rose by over 15% in Rangoon
The price of cooking oil rose by over 40%
Fuel prices also rose by over 30%…read more

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Short Term Responses…read more

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