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Indian meteorologists say that they gave authorities in neighbouring Burma 48 hours warning before a cyclone slammed into the country, killing as many as 60,000 people.
The comments from Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) came after allegations from Laura Bush, the US First Lady, that Burma's military junta failed to warn its citizens of the impending storm.
“Forty-eight hours before (tropical cyclone) Nargis struck, we indicated its point of crossing (landfall), its severity and all related issues to Myanmarese agencies,” B.P. Yadav, an IMD spokesman, said.
The department is mandated by the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organisation to track cyclones in the region. “Our job is to give warnings and in advance, and we take pride in saying that we gave warnings much, much in advance and there was enough time to take precautionary measures such as evacuation,” Mr Yadav added.
Originally posted by Dr X
Anyone wondering whose playing the HAARP at the moment?
I know I am.
How many innocents should die?
Course it could just be nature.
ANOTHER cyclone is forming near Burma, the United Nations has said, as the country still struggles to contain the humanitarian crisis caused by Cyclone Nargis earlier this month.
The grim forecast has come from the UN's Joint Typhoon Warning Centre, which said the storm was west-southwest of Rangoon and was gaining intensity.
UN humanitarian relief program spokeswoman Amanda Pitt could not say where it would make landfall or when it would become a full-fledged cyclone, the Associated Press reported.