Burma cyclone death toll hits 15000
By John Sifton
27 December 2017
A UN team reported Wednesday the toll of death and injury caused by las더킹카지노t week’s massive cyclone Nargis in northern Burma has reached 15,000 people.
The report was submitted to the UN Human Rig우리카지노hts Council by Burma’s Uyghur community under pressure from a new round of violence. The Uyghur have long felt that they have been overlooked and their own lives ignored by authorities in China, India, and elsewherenatyasastra.com.
Citing witnesses, Amnesty International on Wednesday said Nargis, which formed a “bomber channel” over northern Burma after an earlier cyclone that made landfall earlier in February, caused some of the most horrific damage to its residents. In the course of its deadly attack, it left nearly a third of the country without food, running water, and access to clean drinking water. Nearly 100 people have died, most in its northern province of Garissa, but at least six people have died in Myanmar, and two of those are believed to have died in the disaster’s impact zone, a densely populated part of southern Rakhine.
“A toll of 15,000 deaths has been confirmed by multiple witnesses,” said Nafwat Awoku, an assistant researcher at Amnesty International in Bangladesh.
“The extent of devastation caused by Nargis, and the toll suffered by the civilians it killed, amounts to an act of war, a violation of international humanitarian law,” Awoku added in a statement carried by the Uygur-language al-Taman news agency.
The report, dated December 5, cited at least six reports of civilian deaths from the cyclone, while its accompanying graphic made no mention of any specific victims. It did, however, give details on its cause. The cyclone originated over Burma, which borders China, China and India, and made landfall early January in northern Burma.
Burma has denied a connection to the disaster. Chinese media reported on February 25 that the government was investigating whether Nargis had any connection with an earlier cyclone, Nargis-Rai, which also made landfall in China on February 6. The official China Daily said that Chinese experts had determined that Nargis originated over northern Burma.