Damaged Embankments Threaten Nargis Recovery

Published on 19 March 2010

A failure to repair crucial flood embankments damaged by Cyclone Nargis could undo recovery efforts and lead to more loss of life if another major storm hits, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization warns.  Cyclone Nargis devastated the Ayeyarwady and Yangon divisions in May 2008, killing at least 140,000 and affecting 2.4 million. More than 780,000ha of paddy fields were submerged and 707,500MT of stored paddy and milled rice destroyed.

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