Thursday, May 8, 2008

Map of cyclone ravaged Irrawaddy Delta

This map of the Irrawaddy Delta region of Burma shows populations for flood-affected areas following the cyclone.

This region was long known as the "rice bowl of Asia." In colonial times, Burma was a major exporter of rice. This year, Burma's small surplus was to have helped feed impoverished Bangladesh. Now Burma will not even have enough rice to feed itself.

How to read the map:
  • Red colored coastline indicates flood zone.
  • Circles indicate population size (orange circles are big towns, large red circles are cities).
  • Click to enlarge -- the map is huge.
Map via Burmese Blogger Golden Colour Revolution.

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