Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Burma, VOA, and Cyclone Nagris

"Although they were aware of the threat, Burma's state-run media failed to issue a timely warning to citizens in the storm's path," (Laura) Bush said Monday. . .

"It's troubling that many of the Burmese people learned of this impending disaster only when foreign outlets, such as Radio Free Asia and Voice of America, sounded the alarm," she said. . . .
It's true -- I saw it. The US government issued a warning about Cyclone Nagris well in advance of the time it hit landfall in Burma. As I am told most Burmese tune into the Burmese language service of Voice of America, the US shortwave radio broadcaster probably saved many lives.

However, it is awfully hard to listen to a Bush lecture anyone about the need to warn your citizens about impending weather catastrophe!
My Burma telecom tech posts

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