Friday, May 9, 2008

Burma: Natural Hazards

Natural Hazard Enhanced by Political Disaster

Credit: Associated Presss

It is demonstrated over and over again that our earth observation and scientific knowledge that could have substantially mitigated natural hazards and disasters are being ignored by politicians. Natural hazards used to be a political disaster for nations leaders - today it seems that politicians use the natural disaster to further damage their people. I don't get it.

Credit: ESA/Envisat

"These Envisat radar images highlight the extent of flooding in the Irrawaddy delta caused by the cyclone Nargis that hit Myanmar on 3 May 2008, devastating the country. The left image, acquired on 5 February 2007, shows the situation approximately one year ago. The black and dark areas in the image on the right, acquired on 5 May 2008, indicate areas potentially still flooded two days after the event."

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