On 3 May 2008, cyclone Nargis struck the Irrawaddy
delta and wiped out entire villages as it left a path of destruction
across five regions. Over seven million people were affected by
the storm, with estimates of dead ranging from 25,000 to 100,000
and up to a million homeless.
The international community pledged tens of millions
of dollars in monetary and material assistance while the SPDC
dragged its heels and stymied international aid efforts. By preventing
critical and timely humanitarian aid from reaching survivors,
the SPDC has put hundreds of thousands of risk of disease and
Despite UN appeals and the ongoing “major
catastrophe”, the junta is poised to push ahead with the
10 May referendum on its sham constitution in areas unaffected
From the failure to warn and evacuate people
to a slow and inadequate response, Nargis has obliterated the
facade of competence the SPDC is still desperate to project.