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Witness of a Lady working at the devastated area, Yangon (2008/05/15)

A lady whorking at Yangon told us about the situation of the devastated area , Yangon. The dead and the missing up to 320,000 persons and 2,50,000 victims were counted. This is report from a lady working in Yangon.

My birthplace is located near Labutta village, one of the severely suffered regions. In my birthplace my father still lives. I worried about him and took several days to walk back home. I found my village vanished and called at various places in the neighboring towns one by one.

Very luckily I could come across my father at a monastery, one of temporary refugee camps. Out of my village population of 700 persons, only 75 persons survived. If someone luckily managed to reach a refugee camp at towns they could have rare chances to get shared foods.

On the other hand some villages were completely destroyed, some only 10% villagers survived, and in some cases only children were left without their parents and could not even move to any shelters.

I returned to Yangon city on the 12th. On the way I dropped in a monastery, an hour away from the city, where nearly 350 refugees poured into. Half of them were elderly people and children. Among them diarrhea had already started to spread. It was said that on the following day medicines would be supplied to them, but I was not so sure. I feared what would happen next in case of the secondary sufferings such as infectious diseases.

The next day the cyclone,
Sidr attached Yangon city.
Reported by Kyo Shimizu
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