In December of 2004, an undersea earthquake
near Indonesia triggered a tsunami that caused widespread destruction
in Indonesia, Thailand, India and, most likely, Burma. Because of
Burma’s secretive military regime, it has been had to assess
the full extent of the tsunami’s damage to Burma.
The briefer examines the probable
damage caused by the tsunami to Burma, the SPDC’s reporting
and response to the event, as well as the impact of the tsunami
on migrant workers from Burma working in Thailand and the Thai government’s
treatment of the migrant workers.
Note: This briefing note is an
update of a previous Altsean-Burma paper entitled “Tsunami
Impact on Burma – Update as of 4 January 2005”. It covers
tsunami-related developments affecting the Burmese population inside
Burma and in Thailand from 4 to 28 January 2005.