CYCLONE NARGIS: BURMA


Cyclone Nargis caused the death of at least 140,000 people and became the worst natural disaster in the history of Burma. On May 2nd 2008, the cyclone ripped through Yangon and the Irrawaddy Delta, leaving millions homeless and in need of emergency aid. In the immediate aftermath, relief materials and foreign aid were callously rejected by the Burmese government who continued with plans to hold a referendum vote on a new constitution. This decision to initially refuse humanitarian aid into its borders served to reinforce the pariah status of the regime. Eventually aid trickled in through the kaleidoscope of rubble and debris, as millions in the decimated Delta region struggled with starvation, dehydration and the rampant spread of infectious diseases.