May 12, 2008

Has Nargis caused more death than the 2004 tsunami?

Terrible images from the cyclone from the site of a music school in Rangoon:

The post-cyclone situation here is worse than even our previously pessimistic estimates. The total worldwide deaths from the 2004 tsunami reached 220,000 and the total homeless population was 1.5 million. Unofficial but credible estimates here on the ground say that the total numbers of dead and of homeless from the cyclone now exceed those 2004 worldwide tsunami figures. Information trickling in from the villages in the Delta area indicates it is normal for a community to have lost 50-60% of its population by now.

James Fallows of the Atlantic calls the junta evil.

And as usual, Danny Fisher has the best Burma coverage out there. Read his blog and you won't miss a beat.

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helpmyanmar's picture

The woman who runs that music school is remembered very fondly here in Chiang Mai, Thailand by friends of mine. Anyone who can help the organizations listed on their page that are enabling to help all those people would be doing a really good service.