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It was like waterfall but storm. (2008/07/28)

It was like waterfall but storm.
Miemin (10) living in Labutta, Ayawady Division.
This area is surrounded by river. People in depend on boats for their transportation.? The cyclone attacked this area and thousands of houses were blown away.

“I was in the kitchen when the cyclone hit us. I didn’t expect it was the cyclone but just storm. But a little by little wind and rain became stronger and roof started to creak with a big sound. Then just after the roof was blown away, rain and wind came into our house and made inside messy. I was too scared to remember what happened after that. We had to spend in the dark because we didn’t have any electricity or candles.
In the morning, the cyclone was gone. I saw everything completely devastated outside. I couldn’t go and walk outside because of the mess. I had to stay in my house for two weeks.

Miemin studies with candlelight.

Boat is only the way of transportation.
Two weeks later I visited my friend’s house. I found their houses disappeared. Most of my friends’ houses were destroyed although my house and damaged with only roofs. About 50 people evacuated and stayed together n my house for a week after the cyclone.”
Two months after the cyclone, as village people reconstructed their house by themselves, they still have severe situation. Bigger building such as schools had just roofs repaired. Children study in the classroom without desks, chairs, walls or windows. We found a lot of school buildings completely destroyed.

A lot of scared of the cyclone.
Reported by Kyo Shimizu
Nonprofit Organization Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi (KnK)
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