Through The Static

May 5, 2008

Cyclone death toll nears 4,000 in Myanmar, state radio says

Filed under: Government,World News — Tranimal @ 11:28 am

AP:

The death toll from a devastating cyclone in Myanmar could reach more than 10,000 in the low-lying area where the storm wreaked the most havoc, the country’s foreign minister warned Monday.

Tropical Cyclone Nargis hit the Southeast Asian country, also known as Burma, early Saturday with winds of up to 120 mph. It knocked out electricity to the country’s largest city, Yangon, and left hundreds of thousands of people homeless.

Some sought refuge at Buddhist monasteries while others lined up Monday to buy candles, which had doubled in price, and water since the lack of electricity-driven pumps had left most households dry.

Myanmar is not known to have an adequate disaster warning system and many rural buildings are constructed of thatch, bamboo and other materials easily destroyed by fierce storms.

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3 Comments »

  1. Death toll up to 10,000 http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E7472798-CE2F-4749-B5ED-1AF0726318D9.htm

    Comment by disciplepete — May 5, 2008 @ 2:06 pm | Reply

  2. much appreciation for the updates, Disciple — (btw, where are the other 11 hiding???)– especially since I’m gonna make like Arular and go MIA this week. FINALS = DEATH.

    Comment by Aliiiiiiice — May 6, 2008 @ 8:40 am | Reply

  3. You’re welcome for the updates, actually last I heard the death toll is over 20,000; some say it could reach 100,000 when the smoke clears.

    There are no other disciples that I am aware of! I’m a disciple of Tranimal, not Yeshua Ben Yosef (aka Jesus)!! And don’t worry, no one has ever died from finals…at least as of yet!

    Comment by disciplepete — May 6, 2008 @ 1:20 pm | Reply


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