With increasingly erratic weather brought on by global warming, disaster-prone Myanmar must improve its planning and preparedness or face increasing losses of life.
Some 80,000 have people returned home as floods recede in parts of Myanmar, but in southern Myanmar’s Mon State—the country’s worst hit area—more shelters are opening.
The Irrawaddy photojournalist Myo Min Soe captures survivors and rescue workers in the aftermath of a deadly landslide and southern Myanmar’s worst flooding in decades.
Rescuer workers are still recovering bodies at the site of a Friday landslide in southern Myanmar, where ongoing rain and floods have displaced hundreds of thousands.
The military and the National Disaster Response Force have been called to prepare to help in case the storm causes large scale disruption.
When Cyclone Fani made landfall in May, it tore off roofs and snapped electricity poles and shade-giving trees; now, residents face rising temperatures without relief.
With natural disasters causing more than three times the number of new displacements per year than conflict and violence since 2008, residents and researchers look ahead.
Cyclone Fani—the strongest storm India has seen in 43 years—has left 34 dead and ravaged the country’s east
On this day in 2008, the worst storm in the nation’s history tore into the Irrawaddy Delta, ultimately killing more than 130,000 people and causing economic devastation.
Tuesday’s storm caused havoc on the fishing island of Kalegauk where trees and electricity poles were knocked and more than 300 houses were damaged or collapsed.
The tsunami struck almost without warning along the east coast of the Indonesian island of Java late on Saturday.
A cyclone slammed into India's eastern seaboard, killing at least five people, destroying huts, uprooting trees, and snapping telephone poles and power lines.
Some half a dozen experts were divided on the extent to which dam water spills contributed to flooding, but almost all said reservoir levels were too high ahead of the disaster.
Authorities fear the number will climb as rescuers grapple to get aid to outlying communities cut off from communications and help.
Rescue operations are ongoing for the seven reported missing.