Survivors Recount Horror of Myanmar Cyclone


As CARE's emergency teams complete initial assessments in the Irrawaddy delta, gruesome scenes of bodies decomposing in the very ponds the Myanmarese use for drinking water are being reported. Corpses still cannot be buried and entire villages remain underwater, many with few survivors.

Nay Myo Zaw, a Myanmarese national who works for CARE, shares some of the survivors” heartbreaking stories here:

While distributing blankets to 600 survivors camped in a high school building in Pathein, the capital of the Irrawaddy Delta, Nay spoke to a grief-stricken fisherman whose life had been changed forever. Before the cyclone, he had a family of five, including three children and his wife. Now, he is alone.

Another man taking shelter in the same camp lamented the loss of his only son. As the cyclone tore through their village, he and his family desperately tried to protect their belongings. At the height of the storm, the man”s eight-year-old son ran out from their house attempting to stop the pig-feeding bucket from being blown away. As he did this, the water level surged and the boy was swept up in its path. The man tried desperately to save his son, but the flood waters were too strong; he watched helplessly as his son was washed away. Thankfully, his wife and daughter managed to survive.

In a separate camp sheltering approximately 10,000 survivors in Myaung Mya Township, Nay met a man who witnessed his neighbors” house tear from the ground and blow away. There were four people inside. Within minutes, his own house was swept from its foundations by the floodwater. He and his family managed to survive by holding onto a tree until the floodwaters subsided.

Can you imagine watching your child washed away?