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Coastal flooding

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Case study: Cyclone Nargis

Cyclone Nargis happened in May 2008. Little warning was given. Winds of 200 km per hour and the low pressure created a storm surge [storm surge: Where the water in the ocean rises rapidly because of low air pressure. This water is pushed towards the shore by the wind. ], measuring 6.3 metres high. It mainly affected Myanmar (Burma) a country south west of Bangladesh.

Aerial view of the after effects of Cyclone Nargis

Aerial view of the after effects of Cyclone Nargis

Crops were destroyed (a lot of rice is grown here) and the shrimp fishing industry was damaged. Areas were left without water, food and electricity. The UN suggest that nearly 200,000 people died.

Case Card

 

CycloneCyclone Nargis
OriginBay of Bengal
LandfallBurma, an LEDC near Bangladesh
WhenMay 2008
Weather

Storm surge of 6.3m

Winds of 200 km/hour

Damage

200,000 died / unaccounted for

Destroyed rice and shrimp industry

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