It said at least 351 people were killed by Tropical Cyclone Nargis, including 162 who lived on Haing Gyi island off the countrys southwest coast. Many of the others died in the low-lying Irrawaddy delta.
Packing winds of 190 km (120 miles) per hour when it hit on Saturday morning, Cyclone Nargis devastated the former
"Utter war zone," one Yangon-based diplomat said in an email to Reuters in
Official newspapers still being printed in Yangon said only one in four buildings were left standing in Laputta and Kyaik Lat, two towns deep in the rice-producing delta and accessible mainly by boat. There was no mention of casualties.
Foreign aid workers, whose movements are restricted by the ruling military junta, had not managed to reach many impoverished areas to assess the impact. "I have never seen anything like it," one retired government worker told Reuters. "It reminded me of when Hurricane Katrina hit the
Although the sun was shining by Sunday morning, the former capital was without power and water, and food prices had doubled, with many storeholders unsure of when they would be able to replenish stocks. Most shops had sold out of candles.
An Electricity Board official said it was impossible to know when the power supply -- hit-and-miss at the best of times in one of
An official at
Thai Airways in
State media said four vessels sank in