#104 aftermath of cyclone in burma

What manner of man is the head of the military junta? A case of mixing politics and humanitarian aid? Pride?

Six days passed after cyclone nargis swept through the Irrawaddy Delta and Rangoon, the head of state is slow to respond to international relief initated by the world — food and medicine. What a tragedy indeed!

Each passing day sees more people die without food and water, disintegrating dead bodies causing water-borne diseases and access into affected areas blocked making relief work impossible!

Storms batter Burma every year. Though warned on its severity given 48 hours before by the Indian meteorologists (in 1991 cyclone in Bangladesh claimed 143,000 lives), the scale of devastation revealed the people woke up on Sunday to rude shock and anguish.

Why were people not evacuated in the fierce wind-swept and flooded areas?

Cyclones are caused by huge revolving winds (in tropics clockwise circle) around a central area of low atmospheric pressure. Its destructive force is the fierce winds churning up the sea, causing giant waves and surges of water rushing inland with deadly power flooding the low-lying coastal areas. The heavy rain falls brought serious flooding around the rivers and delta.

Is the head of the military junta punishing the people for being fed up with his regime? Is he waiting for constitutional referendum on May 10th to decide further action? Is he so sick that those around him are paralysed to decisive and humane solutions?

During the protests, there was mobilization of the military; this devastation, few military personnel seen.

Under military power since 1962, will the Burmese rise in revolt and oust the military junta like the collective action created in the Philippines?

 

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