Estimated 3.2 Million Burmese Potentially Affected By Cyclone

As many as 3.2 million Burmese are estimated to be affected by the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Lehman College, CUNY have developed geographic risk models to track the cyclone. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the researchers estimated that 20 percent of the population in four main affected administrative divisions could be affected by Cyclone Nargis. Even though these are rough estimates, the calculations can still be used by relief agencies that are trying to provide aid on the ground.

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Melissa Lawrence, Rutgers Student Intern, VERTICES, LLC


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