The Dangers of the Deltas

The Dangers of the Deltas

Cyclone Nargis and its aftermath, on the other hand, provide a vivid study in how poverty and insufficient government investment can turn a natural disaster into an outsize human tragedy, said Debarati Guha-Sapir, the director of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center for Research on Disaster Epidemiology, in Brussels.

“The villages are in such levels of desperation — housing quality, nutritional status, roads, bridges, dams — that losses were more determined by their condition rather than the force of the cyclone,” she said.

The Dangers of the Deltas @ The New York Times.

2 thoughts on “The Dangers of the Deltas

  1. Yes, things in the Irrawaddy Delta are really quite sad. Malaria is endemic, towns are so isolated, it’s really a difficult situation.

    We’ll be updating on the situation there soon as well.

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