One week after the cyclone Nargis - scenes of Yangon and Ayayarwaddy divisions in Myanmar - posted 17 May 2008Back to stories index
Cyclone Nargis hard hit south-eastern Ayeyarwaddy division, and Yangon division in the delta region of southern Myanmar
throughout 02 May night and 03 May morning. Although people in the towns and city areas received warning from the radio, tv and
newspapers as early as 02 May morning most people living in the country side - farmers and fishermen - were left un-prepared to face the sudden arrival of strong wind
and flood that followed the cyclone.
In Bogale, Pya Pon, and De Da Ye townships in Ayeyarwaddy divison, and Kun Gyan Gon township in Yangon division
the (sea) water flood reached as far as 35 km inland putting many villages and roads inundated for two days.
This great flood and strong whirlwind as fast as 180 km/hour killed many people and animals, and destroyed
a lot of properties and trees as well as farmlands.
A building in Yangon downtown
Since the opening of the country to the construction boom in the 1990's without proper enforcement of standards and quality
control combined with a to z corruption some buildings in Yangon and other cities are not only eyesore but also of low qualiy.
Lack of maintenance also makes old strong structures suffer the strike of the cyclone.
A collapsed bridge at a jetty on Yangon river
Many boats were sunk by the cyclone, and floating bridges to the pier platforms were broken down
along the Yangon river.
An entrance road to Yangon University
The famous "Thit Pok Pin" tree survived the cyclone
The popular large tree infront of the Science faculty survived the cyclone.
Many love and other sensational stories of students are associated with the tree one way or another.
A 100-year old tree hit by the cyclone lying in front of a student dormitory
People helping each other by donating necessary items
In Twan Te and Kaw Hmu townships in southern Yangon division people are helping the effected people by donating
necessary items such as rice, salt, dry food, drinking water, and so on. Some people drive from Yangon and distribute
what they bring to the villagers along the road. Most private donation reach the areas along the road and thus
villagers effected by the cyclone trek to stay at the road and wait for donation.
What is left of a house
Most village huts on the path of the cyclone center were wiped out. Most
upper part of this house was blown away.
Setting up a refugee camp in the rain
Donating food to the survivors
In Kun Gyun Gon township we saw a family from Yangon driving here to distribute cooked food to the survivers.
Cyclone survivors living along the road in De Da Ye township in Ayeyarwaddy division.
A surviving farmer family brought whatever was left of their house to the road and built a temporary shelter.
There they stay on the road-side and wait for help.
Damage on Pya Pon river
When we reached Pya Pon bridge over Pya Pon river (one branch of Ayeyarwaddy river upon draining into the Andaman sea)
more damages were awaiting.
Damage on Pya Pon river
A high School in Pya Pon
An old house in Pya Pon
After Pya Pon the next town is Bogalay which is one of the hardest hit - only second to the
places close to the sea. However people in Pya Pon suggested that the salon car we were traveling
was not good because of its low frame. The road was said to be not in a good condition. So we turn back
Map of Ayeyarwaddy Division
1 = Thandwe (Rakhine state, airport to Ngapali beach)