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Myanmar Cyclone

Original post made by a, Adobe-Meadows, on May 5, 2008

Since no one else is talking about it here, I guess I will. Disaster fatigue is what I'm starting to feel. Are these natural weather related disasters going to become more common? I mean really, with the U.S. economy in the tank, how much money do we have to give out to every single new disaster that happens?
I'm sorry, this is really tragic.
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Myanmar Cyclone Death Toll Reaches 10,000, Junta Says (Update2)

By Demian McLean and Michael Heath
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May 6 (Bloomberg) -- The death toll from the tropical cyclone that slammed into Myanmar three days ago rose to at least 10,000, according to the junta, making the storm Southeast Asia's deadliest natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami.

About 3,000 people are missing in the Irrawaddy delta region alone, Myanmar government ministers told international diplomats yesterday, the United Nations news agency IRIN said. Power was knocked out in the former capital, Yangon, and drinking water was contaminated in the city of 5 million people.

``At least eight townships are completely or mostly destroyed,'' said Pamela Sitko, a worker with the U.S.-based Christian relief group World Vision, who has spoken with colleagues in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

The U.S. yesterday offered an initial $250,000 in aid to the country, which is among the world's least-developed, while castigating its military leadership for failing to alert citizens to the approaching cyclone.

``Although they were aware of the threat, Burma's state-run media failed to issue a timely warning to citizens in the storm's path,'' First Lady Laura Bush said from the White House.

Death Toll

About 10,000 people were killed in the town of Bogalay alone, Reuters cited state-run television as saying. Myanmar has a population of 47.8 million.

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Posted by Global Warming is a scam
a resident of Green Acres
on May 6, 2008 at 8:13 pm

40,000 to 50,000 people are dead and then this fool says this:

Al Gore Calls Myanmar Cyclone a 'Consequence' of Global Warming
Former vice president tells NPR's 'Fresh Air' cyclone is example of 'consequences that scientists have long predicted might be associated with continued global warming.'

Yea, right where is your freaking proof? The earth is 4 Billion years old and the thermometer is how old? A wink of an eye in contrast to the real age timeline.
Stop with your media mouth already, you are only fooling the fools.

You are standing on the dead with your lies, Mr. Gore


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Posted by Where to donate
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on May 7, 2008 at 8:22 pm

These are some good places to donate for those who want to help.

Foundation for the People of Burma http :// www.foundationburma.org/
(Our Burma Village Assistance Project sends money to the tribal regions through FPB)

Relief International http ://www.ri.org/
(an effective, small relief organization that Annalise has worked with)

US Campaign for Burma http ://uscampaignforburma.org/index.php
You can also take action here and send a message to the UN pressuring them to force aid inside Burma

Burmese American Democratic Alliance http ://www.badasf.org/


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 9, 2008 at 4:27 am

There is, alas, nothing we can do. The culture in that nation is failing to serve the people. The people there need to change.


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Posted by Humanity Calling
a resident of Atherton
on May 9, 2008 at 6:36 am

Again America stands ready to help.

Yet desperate people cling to the illusion of power in their petty lives and deny the aid that is so badly needed.

I wonder where Kanye Omari West is today?
Is he helping?
Perhaps Kenya West does not care about brown people.


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Posted by a
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on May 9, 2008 at 10:46 am

"The culture in that nation is failing to serve the people. The people there need to change."

Ya Wallis, we did a great with job with Katrina. Remember that fake news conference? You must be talking about change in America.


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