Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar (Burma) in the early hours of Saturday 3 May causing widespread destruction. Tens of thousands of people lost their lives and many more their homes and livelihoods as shown in this series of photos.
|Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar (Burma) in the early hours of Saturday 3 May causing widespread destruction. Tens of thousands of people lost their lives and many more their homes and livelihoods. Photo: REUTERS/Stringer (MYANMAR), courtesy of www.alertnet.org|
|Cyclone victims desperately tried to save their belongings from the storm and the floods that followed. This children’s family lost their home but were able to save some of their belongings. Photo: Oxfam|
|Oxfam’s local partner organisations have been holding community meetings to consult with those worst affected by the cyclone in order to best address their needs. Photo: Oxfam|
|Families sail along the delta to attend a community meeting and claim the rations of food, medical kits, water jugs, and other items that are being distributed. Photo: Oxfam|
|Temporary evacuation camps have been built by people in the Ayeyarwaddy delta using parts of houses damaged in theCyclone.
|It is estimated that more than a million people have been left homeless. Here, men are assess the damage from the cyclone. They use this analysis to determine the relief items needed for moving on to reconstruction. Photo: Oxfam Novib|
|Oxfam’s partners have been building temporary latrines as part of our emergency response. Photo: Oxfam|
|Our partners have been working to ensure that the distribution of items such as rice reach those in even the most remote areas. Photo: Oxfam|
|We are providing support to women and families by working with the AIDS Alliance and local partners to rehabilitate temporary shelters made of local materials. Photo: Oxfam|
|Cyclone Nargis and its aftermath will linger as part of Myanmar’s history. Food, water, sanitation, shelter, blankets, and medical support remain a high priority for the survivors. Photo: Oxfam|