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Burma Cyclone & Links To Burmese Bloggers

Cyclone Nargis has killed at least 22,000 people in Burma. There is fear the death toll will reach 50,000.

5/9/08–The death toll is rising and aid efforts have been resisted by the Burmese government.

5/12/08—United Nations frustrated by relief obstacles and death toll climbs up.  

The country is also known as Myanmar.

(The photo is from the Agence French Presse.) 

A cyclone is the same as a hurricane. Here are many cyclone questions and answers.

The storm did the greatest damage in the Irrawaddy Delta area of Burma. Here is extensive information on that region. It is one of the most highly populated areas of Burma. 

The capital, Rangoon, has received extensive damage.

Here is video of the destruction

The Times of London writes about an added crisis from the storm

The features that made the stricken area vulnerable to this disaster — its low-lying geography and proximity to water — also made it Burma’s rice bowl. The cyclone has undoubtedly wrought terrible damage on the country’s agriculture. World rice prices are at a record high already, provoking food riots in more than 30 countries. Burma is a net exporter of rice, and the destruction of crops in the Irrawaddy delta will only add to upward pressure on international prices. The country may be unable to keep its promise to sell rice to other needy countries such as Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

There is concern the repressive goverment of Burma will obstruct foriegn-based relief efforts.

This BBC article discusses what aid workers in Burma will be looking for and trying to accomplish.

Here are three Burmese bloggers on the cyclone and the repression in Burma.  

Here is Burmese Bloggers Without Borders.

Here is Burma Digest.

Here is ko hitke’s prosaic collection.

This Saturday, a so-called referendum is planned by the government to help cement their dictatorial rule.

Hopefully this vote will be canceled and the cyclone will help open Burmese society. The Chinese government could help by pressuring its Burmese allies to move towards freedom.

Here is the most recent Reporters Without Borders update on Burma

Here are some basic facts and recent history of Burma.

Below is a BBC map of the path of the storm.  

Burma map 

May 6, 2008 - Posted by | Blogging, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , ,

7 Comments »

  1. its sad to think alot the missing and dead are better off than alive being slowly choked of their freedom and lives

    Comment by bill brady | May 8, 2008

  2. The ones alive still have hope of a better life.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | May 8, 2008

  3. what hope is that? the bloggers do not seem hopeful. the misery there is unimaginable to us.

    Comment by bill brady | May 8, 2008

  4. I have no notion of people’s lives in Burma, but I feel most people cling to some measure of hope that things can be better so they can get by to the next day

    Comment by Neil Aquino | May 8, 2008

  5. Hi Bill & Neil
    You guys are two good examples of people sharing different opinions and feelings about this tragedy.
    I do understand bill’s point of view as well as Neil’s.
    Most of us Burmese whom are Buddhist believe in Karma which I like to describe as “your present is a reflection of your actions in the past as your future will be a result of your present actions” and we think of having a live of a human as a privilege( a result of some good deed that you did in your pass live) and is worth to be hopeful and stay alive(though one should not afraid of death) because we have a chance to do more good deeds by contributing positively for the peace and harmony of our entire universe.
    Personally I am just so glad that people around the world are feeling the energy that was sent by the universe, and sharing your energy with others.
    Thanks guys for your contribution and i hope that you will continue to do so, positively.

    Comment by Alessendro Thwin | May 12, 2008

  6. Alessendro—Thanks for your comment. You say it well and I can’t add anything useful except to say I think many people around the world are aware of and concerned about the problems in Burma.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | May 12, 2008

  7. […] video feed, included because of the dreadful news about the Burma cyclone (see here and here and Neil Aquino for lots of links to Burmese bloggers and othe information sources). And from Global Voices […]

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