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International Recovery Platform

Myanmar Cyclone (Nargis), 2008

Country Myanmar
Location Yangon, Irrawaddy, Bago, Karen and Mon states

Brief Overview of the Disaster 
On 2 May 2008 tropical cyclone Nargis hit the coast of Myanmar and devastated large parts of the low-lying Irrawaddy delta. Winds exceeding 190 kilometres per hour ripped through the Myanmar’s biggest city Yangon for more than ten hours. Homes were flattened, more sturdy structures damaged, trees uprooted and power lines downed. In rural parts of the country up to 95 per cent of homes were wiped off the face of the earth.

Displaced Not specified
Dead 133,655
Missing Not specified
Injured Not specified
Housing Destroyed/Damaged Not specified
Total Damage and Losses (in USD) Not specified
Note Total affected:2,400,000
Main Source Not specified
GLIDE No. TC-2008-000057-MMR


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