More bad news for Myanmar: Another cyclone may hit

As if the devastation from Cyclone Nargis on May 3 was not enough. As if the inability of the government to help the victims or allow international aid organizations to feed and shelter the millions in need was not enough.  As if the people of Myanmar had not suffered enough death, disease, hunger, thirst, cold, and fear.  An estimated 2 million survivors of the storm are still in need of emergency aid.  To date, U.N. agencies and other groups have been able to reach only 270,000 people.

Bottlenecks, poor logistics, limited infrastructure and the military government’s refusal to allow foreign aid workers have left most of the delta’s survivors living in miserable conditions without food or clean water. The government’s efforts have been criticized as woefully slow.

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The situation is about to get much, much worse.  Forecasters are now tracking another tropical low that is expected to become another cyclone and track into the already devastated Irriwaddy delta.

Here is the projected storm path from the U.S. military’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center:

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Here is the text of the current forecast warning:

1. FORMATION OF A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE IS POSSIBLE WITHIN

150 NM EITHER SIDE OF A LINE FROM 16.5N 96.1E TO 19.4N 92.1E

WITHIN THE NEXT 12 TO 24 HOURS. AVAILABLE DATA DOES NOT JUSTIFY

ISSUANCE OF NUMBERED TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNINGS AT THIS TIME.

WINDS IN THE AREA ARE ESTIMATED TO BE 25 TO 30 KNOTS. METSAT IM-

AGERY AT 131800Z INDICATES THAT A CIRCULATION CENTER IS LOCATED

NEAR 16.7N 95.7E. THE SYSTEM IS MOVING WEST-NORTHWESTWARD AT 06

KNOTS.

2. REMARKS:

RECENT ANIMATED INFRARED SATELLITE IMAGERY AND A 121210Z SSMI

MICROWAVE IMAGE INDICATE PRONOUNCED LOW-LEVEL CYCLONIC TURNING

OF CONVECTION AT THE WESTERN END OF THE MONSOON TROUGH. HOWEVER,

MORE RECENTLY, CONVECTION HAS WANED SOMEWHAT IN RESPONSE TO LAND

INTERACTION. THE CIRCULATION CENTER IS CURRENTLY TRANSITING

GENERALLY NORTHWESTWARD ACROSS THE YANGON DELTA REGION OF MYANMAR.

OBSERVATIONS FROM YANGON AS OF 131300Z, SUPPORT A 25 TO 30 KNOT

CIRCULATION WITH SEA LEVEL PRESSURES NEAR 1000 MB (3 MB PRESSURE

FALLS OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS) AND SUSTAINED WINDS AT 10 KNOTS

GUSTING TO 20 KNOTS OUT OF THE NORTHEAST. A PARTIAL 130301Z ASCAT

IMAGE ALSO INDICATES STRONG WESTERLIES TO THE SOUTH OF THE

CENTER WITH SUSTAINED EASTERLIES TO THE NORTH, FURTHER PROOF OF

CYCLONIC TURNING.  THE CENTER CURRENTLY LIES UNDER LOW VERTICAL

WIND SHEAR JUST SOUTH OF THE SUBTROPICAL RIDGE AXIS WITH FAVOR-

ABLE SOUTHWESTERLY DIFFLUENCE ALOFT. THOUGH THE DISTURBANCE IS

CURRENTLY OVER LAND, MINIMAL DEGRADATION OF THE LOW LEVEL IS

EXPECTED DUE TO THE LOW LYING TOPOGRAPHY AND FAIRLY QUICK TRANSIT

OVER THE LOW-LYING COASTAL REGION OF SOUTHERN MYANMAR. EMERGENCE

INTO THE BAY OF BENGAL IS EXPECTED WITHIN THE NEXT 12 TO 18 HOURS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED SURFACE WINDS ARE ESTIMATED AT 25 TO 30 KNOTS.

MINIMUM SEA LEVEL PRESSURE IS ESTIMATED TO BE NEAR 1000 MB. THE

POTENTIAL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE

WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS IS GOOD WITH THE ONLY LIMITATION BEING

TEMPORARY LAND INTERACTION.

Source

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The warning comes after a major aid group told Al Jazeera that hundreds of thousands of survivors from Cyclone Nargis are facing a potentially “apocalyptic” threat from water-borne diseases.

From a Burmese blogger:

Aw! Dukha Dukha Dukha

Life is all about suffering

at least I still have my place on earth

My neighbors are worse than me

We just have to live on

suffer and struggle

This is what Life is all about!

Help comes or not I do not mind

My life depends upon my own Karma

Source

Help if you can

Food: World Food Programme

Action Against Hunger

Relief supplies: International Committee of the Red Cross

Medicine: Doctors without Borders

Note: All aid organizations are reporting fraud.  Give directly to the organization, not secondary sites or emails.

1 comment

    • DWG on May 14, 2008 at 3:00 pm
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    Thanks for reading.  Please keep the people of Myanmar in your thoughts, prayers, and hearts.  

    This is my home

    I will build it back.

    I just need bamboos and thatched roofs and some wooden planks

    If I have the money.

    My paddy fields will have to wait till then

    They are still flooded.

    There is more rain to come

    I need to have a place to shelter from the rain

    I need to eat

    How long will it be in this rainy season before I can get back to my paddy field and work

    I have lost my cows

    No cows to help me in my work

    I have lost my family

    What is the purpose of working and living?

    without my family

    without my cows

    all alone in this field

    with no shelter

    Source

    Posted by May Burma at 4:52 AM 0 comments  

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