Six Die and Thousands Flee Torrential Rain in Burma


Monday , August 18,2008

photo:Mogok Mddia

A landslide in the village of Bawbadan in Mogok Township killed six people on Saturday, while flooding forced thousands of residents of Pegu Divison to flee their homes, as torrential downpours hit a wide swathe of Burma over the weekend.

Six people—three men, two women and a child—were killed in Bawbadan, located about 5 miles from Mogok, on August 16, after their home was swept away by a landslide, according to Mogok resident Hla Oo.


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Three Bago wards evacuated due to floods

Aug 15, 2008 (DVB)–Flooding in Bago division caused by heavy rainfall has been exacerbated by the opening of reservoir gates upstream of the river, forcing residents of three wards to evacuate the area.

A resident of Bago division said communities living along the river banks were worst affected.

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Landslides hit Myanmar’s ‘Valley of Rubies’: state media

YANGON – LANDSLIDES caused by heavy rains have pounded Myanmar’s famed ‘Valley of Rubies,’ source of some of the world’s most prized precious stones, state media said on Friday.

The landslides struck just six weeks after deadly Cyclone Nargis devastated Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta and the main city of Yangon, leaving more than 133,000 dead and 2.4 million in need of humanitarian aid. Continue reading


Cyclone Nargis Floods Burma (Myanmar) Image. Caption explains image.

Cyclone Nargis Floods Burma (Myanmar)


Cyclone Nargis Floods Burma (Myanmar) Image. Caption explains image. 




Flooding in Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)Flooding in Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)

Nasa News Stories Archive                                                                        NASA's Earth Observatory

 May 6, 2008


The first cyclone of the 2008 season in the northern Indian Ocean was a devastating one for Myanmar (Burma). According to reports from, Cyclone Nargis made landfall with sustained winds of 130 mph and gusts of 150-160 mph, which is the equivalent of a strong Category 3 or minimal Category 4 hurricane. News reports stated that several thousand people have been killed, and thousands more were missing as of May 5.

Flood water can be difficult to see in photo-like satellite images, particularly when the water is muddy. This pair of images from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite use a combination of visible and infrared light to make floodwaters obvious. Water is blue or nearly black, vegetation is bright green, bare ground is tan, and clouds are white or light blue.

On April 15, rivers and lakes are sharply defined against a backdrop of vegetation and fallow agricultural land. The Irrawaddy River flows south through the left-hand side of the image, splitting into numerous distributaries known as the Mouths of the Irrawaddy. The wetlands near the shore are a deep blue green. Cyclone Nargis came ashore across the Mouths of the Irrawaddy and followed the coastline northeast.

The entire coastal plain is flooded in the May 5 image. The fallow agricultural areas appear to have been especially hard hit. For example, Yangôn (population over 4 million) is almost completely surrounded by floods. Several large cities (population 100,000–500,000) are in the affected area. Muddy runoff colors the Gulf of Martaban turquoise.

The high-resolution image provided above is at MODIS’ maximum spatial resolution (level of detail) of 250 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response Team provides twice-daily images of the region in additional resolutions and formats, including photo-like natural color.