Cyclone Nargis has killed at least 22,000 people in Burma. There is fear the death toll will reach 50,000.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Below is a BBC map of the path of the storm.