Hurricane in Myanmar: nearly 4,000 dead

According to official figures, 2,129 people still unaccounted for.






The victims of the hurricane "Nargis" struck over the weekend in the south of Myanmar (formerly. Burma), according to latest figures, began at least 3969 people, said Monday the country's state television. According to official figures, 2,129 people still unaccounted for. Hundreds of thousands of residents were left homeless and drinking water.

It is not excluded that the death toll could increase substantially when the teams of searchers get to hard to reach areas. Thus, it is believed that in some remote towns in the delta of the Irrawaddy River could lose his life a few thousand people, ITAR-TASS reported.

The situation unfolding in Myanmar after the disaster, on Monday to discuss the UN experts at an emergency meeting in Bangkok. The government on Sunday imposed a state of emergency in the district of the former capital, Yangon (Rangoon), as well as in the cities of Pegu, Irrawaddy, in Mon and Kayin State country.




As a result of the hurricane in Yangon collapsed several buildings. Because of the ongoing heavy rains closed the Capital International Airport.

As the coordinator of UN relief from the local authorities in towns and Laputta Chzhoikla a result of the flood were destroyed three-quarters of the housing stock; hard hit as the city Pathein, Mounmya, Molamineygoun, Bogalay and Pyapon, located about 220 km south-west from the former capital, reports Newsru.com.

Throughout the area, on which was a hurricane, damaged power lines and telephone. Because of this, the situation remains virtually unknown in the whole affected area.

According to the UN, as a result of the elements without shelter and drinking water were hundreds of thousands of residents. Local aid agencies urgently sent tents to the affected areas, drinking water and utensils.




"Clearly this is a major disaster - said the representative of the regional division of the United Nations emergency response, Richard Horsey. - We know that affected hundreds of thousands of people, but the specific number is not known to us. "

As a result of the tropical cyclone "Nargis" hit Myanmar on Saturday, according to official figures 351 people died. According to the coordinator of the UN system in the region, Terje Skavdala this number may increase significantly, PRIME-TASS reported.

Without shelter and drinking water were hundreds of thousands of residents. The hurricane destroyed the dilapidated buildings, felled trees, tore up power lines.



In Myanmar, a state of emergency for evacuation of people from the five most affected areas are mobilized troops. Local aid agencies urgently sent tents to the affected areas, drinking water and utensils

For several days, the largest city in the country - 3,000,000th Yangon - is, in fact, without communication with the outside world. Not working telephone, local residents do not have access to the Internet. Nevertheless, residents of some areas of Myanmar affected by disaster impacts have been able to put in blogs photographic evidence of the tragedy ...

The main impact of a tropical cyclone, which originated over the Bay of Bengal, hit Myanmar on Friday-Saturday. At present, the element of threat to Thailand

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