257. The Cyclone in Myanmar

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The first report was that hundreds in the had died. But by the third day, estimates that 40,000 people could be dead or missing, perhaps one million might be left homeless. Bodies floating in rivers that were mixed with ocean . There was little fresh water and little food. unknown reasons, the government was refusing most offers international aid.

The cyclone had hit the capital Myanmar with winds of 120 mph. It was powerful as Hurricane Katrina, which in 2005 destroyed of New Orleans. Katrina killed 1,800 people and about 100,000 people homeless.

Meteorologists watched the cyclone and warned the Myanmar government about it two before the cyclone hit the country. But the government failed to warn citizens to prepare for dangerous storm.

“We were in our hotel,” said American tourist who was visiting the capital with wife. “We could see the weather changing, but locals didn’t seem to be worried. When the smashed the windows in our hotel room, we worrying. The wind blew the rain and tree and other debris into our room. We went the bathroom and got into the tub. We ’t feel safe in the bathroom, but where could go? The wind howled and things banged around . We thought we were going to die for . When the storm finally passed, we looked outside. couldn't believe the destruction. Mostly all we could was just water.” There was no telling when would be restored or when roads would be . The Myanmar government was doing nothing to help . “That’s because they prefer that we all die,” an angry survivor.