Nargis, Katrina, and the 1991 Bangladesh cyclone, should get the same importance scale?! Cyclone Nargis hit Burma's impoverished Irrawaddy Delta on May 2, 2008, leaving nearly 140,000 people dead or missing and severely affecting about 2.4 million others, according to the UN. Burma raises official cyclone death toll to 78,000. The two current competitors for that grim title are the Asian tsunami in … Lee Glendinning and agencies @lee_glend. The official death toll of Cyclone Nargis victims in Myanmar has reached 78,000, with another 60,000 missing. 16:45, 7 May 2008 (UTC) I hope someone can provide more information explaining why these cyclones are so extraordinarily deadly relative to Hurricane Katrina, and a more detailed discussion of the circumstances surrounding the deaths. Cyclone Nargis in 2008 devastated the southern delta region of Myanmar, southeast of Bangladesh, with extreme storm-surge flooding. Cyclones are tropical storms with wind force 12, when the wind blows harder than 117 kilometres an hour. With a spiraling death toll and fears of spreading disease in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, the catastrophe in Myanmar may appear to offer little cause for celebration. Effective national and local governments are associated with fewer deaths from tropical cyclone disasters -- even in countries with similar levels of wealth and development. Since … But this report stuck to the official death toll that was released in the weeks after Nargis struck on the night of May 3. The Burmese military government initially blocked most access to the affected region; however, amid international pressure, it slowly began allowing international aid workers entry into the region. More than 130,000 people were killed. In May 2008 Cyclone Nargis spreads death and destruction in Myanmar. The death toll is still climbing rapidly. Last modified on Fri 16 May 2008 12.30 EDT. The cyclone led to the deaths of 61,000 people and destroyed at least 3,000 homes in the afflicted areas. Cyclone Nargis. The aid agency Oxfam warns it could climb as high as 1.5 million, which would make Cyclone Nargis the deadliest disaster in modern history, by far. Widespread damage is caused in the southern delta of the Irrawaddy River not only by the strong winds and heavy rain but especially by the high waves. Fri 16 May 2008 12.31 EDT. - Hello World! A disaster of staggering magnitude continues to unfold in Myanmar, where the death toll from Tropical Cyclone Nargis exceeds 22,000. In 2008, Cyclone Nargis killed more than 138,000 people in Myanmar. Cyclone Nargis (Myanmar, 2008) On May 2, 2008, Cyclone Nargis made landfall in Myanmar, moving across the southern region of the country over two days. Cyclone Nargis particularly devastated the Ayeyarwady Delta region of Myanmar.