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Burma cyclone: Mapping the aftermath

The cyclone that hit Burma on 3 May caused widespread devastation to the Irrawaddy Delta in the south of the country. Click on the map to find out about some of the worst-hit areas.



The following are the most up-to-date statistics provided by the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

Dead: 77,738; Missing: 55,917

Displaced: 150,000 people, in about 120 temporary settlements

Affected persons: 2.4 million people, of whom 1.4 million are in severely affected areas requiring priority assistance.


In Rangoon the cyclone knocked out power and water supplies, felled trees and damaged hundreds of buildings. But the city has seen the best of the relief effort - troops have been working to restore basic services, while aid agencies can operate more freely in Rangoon than anywhere else.

Nonetheless, many people who live on the outskirts of Rangoon have lost their houses and remain in temporary shelters. More aid is getting to them than to people further south, because the logistics are far less daunting. Both UN agencies and charities have been distributing supplies in affected areas.

Meanwhile, the US, French and British navies are in international waters off the Burmese coast, waiting for permission to land aid in the country.


Labutta, a small town in the southwest of the delta region, was devastated by the storm. Early on, a doctor estimated that about 50% of houses there had been wiped out.

A few days later, a senior Red Cross official described the town as unrecognisable - and said residents were in urgent need of help.

Some aid is getting in and Labutta is now being used as a base to get supplies out to more isolated areas.

But getting aid beyond Labutta is taking time. A BBC reporter who travelled south from there by boat said that many families in small villages had received nothing. She saw dozens of bodies floating in flooded tracts of land.

In Labutta, 12 tented settlements will operate for six months to house the homeless, Burmese authorities say.


Bogale is one of the southern-most towns in the Irrawaddy Delta. Initial reports said that 95% of houses in the low-lying town had been washed away and that about 10,000 people had been killed by the huge sea surge.

More recent reports suggest tens of thousands of people there are homeless and are currently sheltering in temporary camps. Aid is urgently needed and some is getting in, but it is not yet enough.

Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres say that seven out of eight health centres in the area have been destroyed. Wells have been contaminated, leading to cases of diarrhoea.


Pathein is the biggest city in the Irrawaddy Delta and the most important port outside Rangoon.

It seems to have escaped relatively unscathed from the cyclone. Aid agencies want to use it - both its airport and its waterways - as a hub for deliveries to more remote areas.


Pyapon, on the south coast of the delta, has been classified as one of the worst-hit areas, with more than 75% of its residents affected by the cyclone.

A BBC reporter who went there shortly after the cyclone saw 400 devastated homes and watched people scavenging for materials to rebuild their houses.

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