Case Study: Cyclone Nargis

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Location of Cyclone Nargis
Irrawaddy delta, Burma
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Date of Cyclone Nargis
May 2008
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Cost of damage
$4bn
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Primary Impact (PI) - # of people killed
140 000
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PI % of buildings destroyed
95%
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PI # of schools destroyed
1 700
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PI # of food stores destroyed
40% - farm animals killed and crops were destroyed
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PI Habitats were damaged
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PI Water contaminated by...
sewage and dead bodies
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Secondary Impact (SI) - # of people made homeless
2-3 million
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SI Millions lost their livelihoods
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SI % of households without access to clean water
70%
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SI What important infrastructure was destroyed?
Roads were swept away, and electricity lines were destroyed
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Indian and Thai weather agencies warned Burmese government that Cyclone Nargis was on the way but
Burmese govt. said little risk was there, so many people died
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What was the response like?
There was no emergency/rescue plan.
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How long until Burma accepted foreign aid?
3 weeks
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Why was fundraising for aid low?
Journalists weren't allowed into Burma so they couldn't document the issues to show people
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