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31 Jul 2009 description

The Union of Myanmar is exposed to multiple natural hazards including cyclone, earthquake, floods and fire. It has been periodically hit by natural disasters. Recent major disasters are as follows:

• Cyclone Nargis, 2008 which led to the loss of 84,537 human lives, 53,836 persons missing and damage to property to the tune of approximately 4.1 billion USD1, • Cyclone Mala, 2006 led to loss of 37 lives • Indian Ocean Tsunami, 2004 claimed 61 lives and • Taungdwingyi Earthquake (M: 6.8 RS), 2003 led to loss of 7 lives