Myanmar cyclone flooding

Cyclone Nargis (a cyclone is the same thing as a hurricane or typhoon) struck Myanmar (Burma) this week. Over 10,000 people are dead, and more will die of disease in the upcoming days and weeks. Satellite imagery shows the extent of flooding, and could be useful in saving lives if action is taken quickly. The following images are from the NASA Earth Observatory.

The top image shows the area around the Irrawaddy River delta before the cyclone hit, with the distributary branches of the river clearly discernable. The bottom image shows the extensive flooding following the storm, with the capitol city of Yangon almost surrounded by water, and many low-lying areas completely covered.

We live in a world of suffering. Pray for the people on the ground.

Grace and Peace

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