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257. The Cyclone in Myanmar
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
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
“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.