CYCLONE LEAVES MORE THAN 15,000 DEAD IN BURMA
Hundreds of thousands of people had been left homeless when the storm, packing winds of 190 kilometres (120 miles) per hour, ripped through the countryside –AFP.
The AP posted video of the cyclone aftermath:
More than 10,000 are dead from the deadly cyclone this weekend according to Myanmar (Burma) officials.
The death toll from the Myanmar cyclone is more than 10,000 people, Myanmar’s Foreign Ministry office said.
Diplomats were summoned to a government briefing Monday as the reclusive southeast Asian country’s ruling military junta issued a rare appeal for international assistance in the face of an escalating humanitarian crisis.
A state of emergency was declared across much of the country following the 10-hour storm that left swathes of destruction in its wake.
The staggering death toll would make the cyclone the deadliest natural disaster to hit Myanmar in recent history, according to figures compiled by a United Nations-funded disaster database.
The government of neighboring Thailand said Myanmar’s leaders had already requested food, medical supplies and construction equipment, AP reported. The first plane-load of supplies was due to arrive Tuesday, a Thai spokesman said.
UPDATE: More than 10,000 were reportedly killed in the cyclone in just one town.