China Earthquake Afterwards ………..
May 13, 2008 Leave a comment
The response to this natural disaster was a welcome change compared to the slowness of the Myanmar [Burma] government in responding to the aftermath of the destruction caused by the cyclone in their country. According to Christian Broadcasting Network
India’s meteorological department said Wednesday [7th May] that it had warned Myanmar of the storm two days [Thursday 1st May] before it made landfall [Saturday 3rd] there. This confirmed suspicions that the ruling junta and his military generals did not warn the populace or prepare the country for the impending disaster.
The state-run Indian Meteorological Department had been keeping a close tabs on the depression in the Bay of Bengal since it was first spotted on April 28 and sent regular updates about its progress to all the countries in its path, department spokesman B. P. Yadav said.
Many Yangon residents are far from pleased, saying they were given vague and incorrect information about the approaching storm.
They also received no instructions on how to cope when it struck. The information that the government did give out was broadcast on television.
This was of little use to much of the population that does not rely on electronic media for information, since power and TV access is very limited.