Cyclone Nargis

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Which country was affected by Cyclone Nargis?
Myanmar
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When did Cyclone Nargis strike?
2 May 2008
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Where did Nargis form?
Bay of Bengal
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Who monitored the cyclone?
American Typhoon Warning Centre in Hawaii
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Is Myanmar an LEDC or MEDC?
LEDC
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What goods did Myanmar rely on?
Primary exports like oil and expensive timber
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Why has Myanmar struggled to exploit it's natural resources?
Lack of roads and railways
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What is the GDP in Myanmar?
£1,900 per capita
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What is the HDI of Myanmar?
0.578
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How many have access to the internet
1 in every 1,000
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Why were the mangrove swamps destroyed?
To set up money making businesses like shrimp farms, tourist resorts and farms
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How much of Myanmar's mangrove swamps have been cleared?
83%
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Why are mangrove swamps important?
Act as natural barriers to stop storm surges
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What speed did the winds reach?
217 kph
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Which area was worst hit?
Delta of the Irrawaddy river
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How many people were severely affected my Cyclone Nargis?
1.5 million
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What was the death toll?
125,000
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What percentage of buildings were destroyed?
95%
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What happened to the sewers?
They leaked and contaminated rice fields and caused diseases
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What temperature does the sea need to be for a cyclone to form
Over 27 degrees
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How deep does the sea need to be for a cyclone to form
At least 60 metres
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How was the infrastructure affected?
Roads were washed away and electricity lines were destroyed
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Why did the sea level rise?
Low air pressure meant the sea was no longer depressed by the atmosphere
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Give 2 short term impacts
People drowned and millions were made homeless
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