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Wednesday, 07 May 2008

Mangrove forests may have reduced the cyclone's impact, a politician says

"Cyclone Nargis could not have happened in a worse stretch of land. The surge hit in the low lying coastal areas. With the tidal surge at 12 to 15 feet, presumably thousands of people living along the Delta were simply washed away"
Pat Johns, director, Catholic Relief Services emergency response team.

"WHEN cyclone Nargis slammed into Burma's low-lying Irrawaddy delta it triggered a massive wave that gave people nowhere to run, killing tens of thousands of people."
Wave of death swamped the delta

"[An FAO study] found that large-scale conversion of mangroves into shrimp and fish farms were among the main destructive drivers. Other pressures included new development to accommodate the growth in the tourism sector and rising populations."
Mangrove loss 'left Burma exposed'

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