Yangon - A cyclone that struck Myanmar's western coast late last week damaged hundreds of homes and displaced thousands of residents but the government has given no official estimate of damages or casualties, residents and aid agencies said on Monday.
Cyclone Giri arrived from the Bay of Bengal on Friday evening with winds of up to 177km/h, lashing several areas of western Rakhine state including Myebon, Pauktaw, Myanaung, Ponnagyu and Kyaukphyu. The coastal areas are populated by poor families living mostly in bamboo huts.
Three temporary camps have been set up in Kyaukphyu for more than 5 000 people by the Myanmar Red Cross and the Social Welfare Ministry, said Andrew Kirkwood, the resident representative of aid group Save the Children.
The government has not yet reported the damage or casualties from the category 4 cyclone. State-run newspapers did not mention the cyclone aftermath though they reported the visit of the country's social welfare minister to Kyaukphyu.
Kirkwood cited reports that “70 percent of the buildings in Kayukphyu had their roofs blown off and Kyaukphyu hospital was badly damaged”.