22,997 killed in violent cyclone in Myanmar
www.chinaview.cn 2008-05-08 20:04:22   Print
17 more people died in a tropical cyclone in Myanmar, bringing death toll to 22,997.
42,119 people remained missing, and the injured increased by 12,620.
Myanmar declared the five divisions and states as natural-disaster-hit regions.

Flooded villages are seen in this aerial view near an airport in Yangon, May 5, 2008, after Cyclone Nargis slammed into Myanmar's main city on Saturday, ripping off roofs, felling trees and raising fears of major casualties.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Flooded villages are seen in this aerial view near an airport in Yangon, May 5, 2008, after Cyclone Nargis slammed into Myanmar's main city on Saturday, ripping off roofs, felling trees and raising fears of major casualties.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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    YANGON, May 8 (Xinhua) -- Seventeen more people died in a tropical cyclone storm Nargis that swept Myanmar's five divisions and states last weekend, bringing the total death toll to 22,997, state radio reported Thursday evening, quoting an updated death toll as of 3:00 p.m. local time the same day.

    42,119 people remained missing, the report said.

    The injured increased by 12,620, bringing the total to 14,003, the report added.

    The deadly cyclone, which occurred over the Bay of Bengal, hit five divisions and states -- Yangon, Bago, Ayeyawaddy, Kayin and Mon, of which Ayeyawaddy and Yangon sustained the heaviest casualties and property loss.

    Myanmar declared the five divisions and states as natural-disaster-hit regions a day after the cyclone hit the country.

    However, Bago, Mon and Kayin as well as some five townships of Yangon division and 19 townships of Ayeyawaddy division were withdrawn from being the natural-disaster-hit areas status on Tuesday with a claim that these areas have basically returned to normal.

    A total of 40 townships in Yangon division and 7 townships in Ayeyawaddy division still remain as the natural-disaster-hit areas status and relief and rehabilitation work are urgently underway in these areas.

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