At least 12 people die in cyclone Giri in Myanmar: local media

19:29, October 25, 2010      

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Cyclone Giri has left at least 12 people dead and several people injured in Myebon township in Myanmar's western Rakhine coastal state, according to an initial report of the local Weekly Eleven News Monday.

The Myebon township was the worst-hit among a number of townships in the coastal state with 90 percent of the area being destroyed compared with Kyaukphyu and Sittway which were less- ravaged by the Giri.

About eight villages in Myebon were badly damaged which is estimated to have a total population of about 5,800 with over 1, 000 households.

Severe cyclone Giri over the Bay of Bengal landed on Friday afternoon at Myanmar's western Rakhine coast, sweeping violently Kyaukphyu and Gyuntharya at a speed of 120 km to 128 km per hour, triggering a tidal wave of as high as 3.6 meters.

Nearby areas of Sittway, Myebon, Pauktaw, Ann, Yanbyae, Manaung, Ponnagyun and Min Bya townships were affected.

The storm, which crossed the central part of Myanmar earlier on Saturday, continued moving northeastwards at noon but abated into a small inland storm until the fade-out of the storm in the evening.

Meanwhile, relief and rehabilitation measures are being taken for victims in Kyaukphyu, according to official media Monday which said office and residential buildings in Kyaukphyu were damaged due to the storm but gave no details of the figures of the damage.



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