Well, that only makes sense, doesn’t it?

Burma Cyclone

Myanmar Cyclone: Women and Children Make up More than Half of Victims – UNICEF

The scale of this disaster is astonishing. Latest reports indicate at least 22,000 dead and 40,000 or more still missing.

But this headline is odd. In almost any society, won’t “women and children” make up more than 50% of the population? [Female Adults] + [Female Kids] + [Male Kids] > [Male Adults], no?

No wonder women and children were hardest hit.

Meanwhile, AFP reports that

Myanmar’s reclusive military rulers insisted foreign aid experts would still have to negotiate with the government to be allowed into the isolated nation.

Comments

  1. Myanmar’s reclusive military rulers insisted foreign aid experts would still have to negotiate with the government to be allowed into the isolated nation.’ Well that’s refreshing. Isn’t it usually more along the lines of, ‘You made this (earthquake, flood, drought, tsunami, cyclone)happen, USA, so now you have to pay us’?

  2. Astonishing? No, Preventable? yes, Sad? yes. Truth be told that neck of the woods gets nailed by cyclones pretty hard and pretty often. In 91 Bangladesh (next door) got nailed with 138K dead. Risk factors to die in a cyclone…. ‘After 138,000 persons died in the April 1991 cyclone, we carried out a rapid epidemiological assessment to determine factors associated with cyclone-related mortality and to identify prevention strategies. A nonrandom survey of 45 housing clusters comprising 1123 persons showed that mortality was greatest among under-10-year-olds (26%) and women older than 40 years (31%). Nearly 22% of persons who did not reach a concrete or brick structure died, whereas all persons who sought refuge in such structures survived.’