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Cyclone Nargis as it approached the coast
of Bangladesh.

Myanmar Could Face Second Cyclone

May 14, 2008 03:50 PM
by Sarah Amandolare
In the wake of devastating Cyclone Nargis, Myanmar braces for round two as another cyclone forms off the coast.

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Officials are not yet sure where landfall will be or if the storm will become a full-fledged cyclone, but the UN’s Joint Typhoon Warning center said a “significant tropical cyclone” was likely to develop near Myanmar’s Irrawaddy delta within 24 hours.

For Burmese people left without shelter, heavy rainfall from another cyclone could exacerbate the problem of water-borne diseases.

Yuichi Ono, a program officer for the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, says there are “two cyclone ‘peaks’” in the Bay of Bengal, occurring on both sides of the monsoon season, which will probably begin by the end of May.

Relief efforts for Cyclone Nargis, which are already snail-paced, could be further thwarted if a second storm occurs, said UN relief spokesman Richard Horsey.

Amid corruption by the Myanmar government, the United States and Britain have delivered aid to Myanmar this week, but some say it’s not enough.

According to the International Herald Tribune, British Conservative opposition leader David Cameron urged British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to begin dropping supplies into Myanmar from the air. “The sands of time are running out,” Cameron said.

However, Brown, the United States and the prominent aid organization Oxfam, have refused to disobey the wishes of Myanmar government, despite their frustration.

“We have to deal with the leadership of the country. That is our government’s position,” Adm. Timothy Keating, head of the U.S. Pacific Command, said to CNN.

Headline Links: Myanmar’s struggles not over

Background: Cyclone Nargis

Related Topics: The first cyclone’s wake

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