Thousands of buildings were destroyed; in the town of Labutta, located in the Ayeyarwady Division. About 75% of buildings had collapsed and 20% had their roofs ripped off. The damage was estimated at over $10 billion, which made it the most damaging cyclone ever recorded. Also cyclone Nargis is the deadliest tropical cyclone in the world since Hurricane Mitch in 1998, which killed about 18,000 people. More than 400,000 hectares of farmland were flooded with seawater and more than 200,000 drafts animals were killed in the Yangon and Irrawaddy areas. Before the storm hit this area produced 3.3 million tons of crops on 900,000 hectares of land in the monsoon season and 1 million tons of crops on 200,000 hectares in the summer.
The Governments reaction
The Mayanmar government had been warned about the cyclone from India 48 hours before the cyclone hit but somehow failed to see the seriousness of the situation and did little to warn people or attempt to help. As a result, people were completely unprepared. Also after the cyclone was over other countries tried to help, but the government refused the assistance. Days after the cyclone the government decided to allow supplies to enter the country but still refused to let aid workers into the country until almost a month after the cyclone.
Developed Countries aid
- Canada donated 2 million dollars
- Australia donated 23.5 million dollars
- Bangladesh donated 20 tonnes of food,medicine
- Denmark donated 2.1 million dollars
- Germany donated 3 million dollars
- China donated 10 million dollars in aid and relief
- Loas donated 20 thousand dollars worth of food
- Norway donated 1.96 million dollars
- Russia donated 80 tonnes of food, generators, medicines and blankets
MEDCs Compared to a LEDCs country
LEDCs can’t prepare as much as MEDCs because they are less wealthy and educated. LEDCs don’t have any equipment to check if a cyclone is coming and even if they did, most wouldn’t understand what it meant. Even if a cyclone was predicted by another country to hit the LEDC it would be hard to let the citizens of the LEDC know and convince them to evacuate or prepare because of language barriers and little to no education. Another reason why LEDCs can’t prepare as well as MEDCs is because LEDC’s buildings are usually flimsy, unsafe and wouldn’t stand a chance against a cyclone. Because LEDCs lack money and knowledge they can’t build ‘cyclone-safe’ buildings.
LEDCs rely on aid for funding while MEDCs rely on the government. An LEDC’s response to a cyclone is usually slow because there aren’t really any emergency services or governments to tell them what to do or help them out. Other countries will usually send people over to help out an LEDC but that might take a day or so. This is very different to MEDCs who would usually start the clean up as soon as possible which is usually the next day. Which was the same situation in cyclone Nargis, the government was not able to provide the right information when the cyclone was going to hit and also that the government didn't take quick actions after the cyclone hit rather than in a MEDCs country.
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