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  • 1. By: Jasmine and MichaelAdjustments and responses toCyclone Nargis
  • 2. Background •  May 2, 2008•  Winds of 240 kph(150 mph)•  About 90,000people died•  56,000 peoplemissing were notfound --> 146,000DEATHS•  2.4 millionaffected
  • 3. Socio-economics of Burma
  • 4. •  Large youthfulpopulation•  lower old-agepopulationPopulation•  73.9 people per square km
  • 5. •  GDP per capita (PPP)=$1,393•  26% below poverty line•  37% unemployed•  Majority (70%) ofpopulation works inagricultureEconomy & Employment
  • 6. Adjustments before the event:
  • 7. •  Unexpectedo  Cyclone was a class 2 stormo  Became class 4 just as itreached lando  No time to prepare for thehigh severity•  No adequate housing orprotection in towns•  Emergency services notprepared for the severityGovernment
  • 8. Housing & infrastructure•  15% of houses made ofbrick/concrete•  Houses not designed towithstand heavy wind orfloods•  Infrastructure not preparedto deal with flooding
  • 9. Responses After theEvent
  • 10. JUNTAGOVERNMENT•  REFUSED TO LET AID WORKERS IN•  RESTRICTED INTERNATIONAL AID•  --> afraid of an uprising
  • 11. •  62,000 MISSING•  Survivors: Hungry,Thirsty ANDVULNERABLE TODISEASES•  --> Desperate fordwindling supplies offood and resources•  1.5 homelesspeople --> Stillawait for FOOD,SHELTER andMEDICINE
  • 12. INTERNATIONAL AID WAS ONLYALLOWED IN A MONTH AFTER THECYCLONE HIT -->
  • 13. Governments act of DENIAL: Caused hundreds ofpeople to die: --> as they waited for aid that wasbeing generally offered.- diseases spread, starvation, many lost in seaMany civilians who were trapped --> left to dieas aid did not come fast enough
  • 14. •  Never provided awarning to to theareas that were atdanger•  Could not rescueand save the livesof many•  Made thedisasters worsethan Necessary
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