US Army Library Helps in Burma Relief Planning
Submitted by Lee Hadden on May 15, 2008 - 2:03am
The Engineer Research and Development Center and the Topographic Engineering Center (TEC) Library has prepared a Web page at: http://www.tec.army.mil/Burma in support of the U.S. Navy/U.S. Marines/U.S. Department of State relief efforts in Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country formerly known as Burma. Flooding in the Irrawaddy delta caused by Cyclone Nargis with winds of 120 miles per hour, hit Yagon, Myanmar, (formerly known as Rangoon) May 3, and devastated the country. Current estimates are incomplete, but it is thought that there are more than 22,000 deaths, more than 40,000 people missing, and almost one million people homeless due to the high winds and flooding. These maps and documents concern the geology, hydrology and geography of the country, and help the disaster engineering teams plan for establishing the supply dumps, hospital locations, transportation bottlenecks, landing zones and other areas needed in the relief efforts.