Myanmar Death Toll Skyrockets - The News Junkie
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Monday, May 5, 2008

Myanmar Death Toll Skyrockets

Massive Cyclone Causes Widespread Damage In Myanmar:


YANGON, Myanmar - Almost 4,000 people were killed and nearly 3,000 others are unaccounted for after a devastating cyclone in Myanmar, a state radio station said Monday.

Tropical Cyclone Nargis hit the Southeast Asian country, also known as Burma, early Saturday with winds of up to 120 mph. The cyclone blew roofs off hospitals and schools and cut electricity in Myanmar's largest city, Yangon.

The numbers are all over the place here. Inside sources are expecting the death toll to surpass 10,000. More than 100,000 have been left homeless and I am once again reminded of idiocy in the media. Let's not forget, just months ago, when monks were being slaughtered by the government in this same country, we were referring to Myanmar as Burma. Now it's Myanmar across the board and the plight of the monks is all but forgotten. Sure, the celebrity crowd has jumped on the bandwagon but the story is no longer dominating headlines. Will it take the tragedy of this massive cyclone to once again put Myanmar/Burma in the spotlight?

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