| Hwa Chong Institution Integrated Humanities 2013 – Sec 3 Geography ElectiveWeather StudiesExercise 5: Tropical Storms – Comparative Study
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1. Read GA 423, GA359 and GF 530 and fill in the relevant information in the table below.
Online – Cyclone Nargis: http://beta.searca.org/searca/index.php/knowledge-management/knowledge-resources/policy-brief-series/226-rebuilding-myanmars-agriculture-after-cyclone-nargis
| LEDC (Nargis)
| MEDC (Katrina)
When did it happen?
| May 2008
Where did it happen? Brief description of the storm.
| Myanmar. Cyclone Nargis was a rare, eastward moving at low-latitude strong tropical cyclone that caused the worst natural disaster in the recorded history of Burma
| 150,000 died. 1.5 million homeless.
| Slow down Burma’s economy.
| Rice fields were flooded on the Irrawaddy Delta2008 and 2009 harvests of rice were destroyed
| In many villages, a spirit of community help developed, with people working together to rebuild their homes. Local Buddhist monks were actively involved by sharing food, providing aid and helping people to restart their lives.
| Rescue effort (prompt or delayed)
| Delayed. Little advance preparation, Myanmar government made it difficult for aid workers to enter the country, and it was several days before a full relief effort was underway.
| Post disaster recovery (fast or slow)
| Slow. One month after the disaster, help had still not reached many communities stranded by the extensive floodwaters.
| Your opinions/thoughts/feelings
| Very tragic, very sad. 真是sad
2. Open-ended question:
Tropical storms tend to have more devastating effects on less developed countries than developed countries. How far do you agree? Explain.
[Explain in terms of economic, social and environmental factors]...
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