When the cyclone Nargis hit southern Myanmar in May 2008, residents of the 7th ward of Hlaing Thayar township fled immediately. Their homes, made of bamboo and wood were torn from the ground by savage winds and a huge tidal surge. They carried with them what littleĀ  they could: a little child, an ailing wife and perhaps a toy, a pot of fresh water. A group of survivors huddled in a half built shopping center near Yangon. Their stories echo the plight of many hundreds of thousands of people whose homes are destroyed and now have only few belongings in the wake of Cyclone Nargis.

Sanjit Das

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