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MYANMAR

(BURMA)

In 2008, Cyclone Nargis caused the worst natural disaster in the recorded history of Burma (officially known as Myanmar). The cyclone killed at least 138,000 people, primarily in the Irawaddy Delta, caused millions of dollars in damage, and compromised thousands of wells and ponds used for drinking and irrigation.

Although the Burmese government’s official death toll was high, international observers fear that it was grossly underreported as the government simply stopped counting the dead to minimize political fallout. It is quite possible that due to lack of government relief efforts, and their refusal of foreign assistance, a total of a million people died from this catastrophe. Damage was estimated at over $10 billion (USD), which makes it the most damaging cyclone ever recorded in the Indian Ocean basin.

MicroAid Provides Water Purification Systems for the Ah Lett Chaung Village Clinic — 2014

In April of 2008, the most powerful cyclone on record, plowed into the delta region of Myanmar (Burma), killing 300,000 and displacing almost a million people. The accompanying storm-surge destroyed rice paddies, wells, and reservoirs.

 

The low-lying village of Ah Lett Chaung, across the river from Yangon, had been without a source of clean drinking water since the storm.

Even the clinic was without a source of purified water.

MicroAid provided the clinic with water purification/filtration systems.

The filters will also be introduced at the household level and, if accepted, we will distribute more to the individual families.

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