Case study: Myanmar Cyclone of 2008

Cyclone Nargis happened in May 2008. Little warning was given. Winds of 200 km per hour and the low pressure created a storm surge, measuring 6.3 metres high. It mainly affected Myanmar (formerly known as 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 - rice is grown here.
  • The shrimp fishing industry was damaged.
  • Areas were left without water, food and electricity.
  • The UN suggest that nearly 200,000 people died.

Key facts on Cyclone Nargis

CycloneCyclone Nargis
OriginBay of Bengal
LandfallBurma, an LEDC near Bangladesh
WhenMay 2008
Weather Storm surge of 6.3 m - Winds of 200 km/hour
Damage 200,000 died / unaccounted for. Destroyed rice and shrimp industry
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