Mangrove swamps: articles and reports referring to Cyclone Nargis
|Title:|| ||Cyclone Nargis and its aftermath
|Description/subject:|| ||Link to a top-level category in OBL|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Online Burma/Myanmar Library|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||18 July 2012|
|Title:|| ||The Mangrove Forests: Burma’s Best Bio-defense
|Date of publication:|| ||September 2008|
|Description/subject:|| ||U Ohn is the general secretary of the Forest Resource Environment Development and Conservation Association (FREDA), one of a handful of Burmese nongovernmental organizations dedicated to protecting the country’s forests
Environmentalist U Ohn (Illustration: Harn Lay/
Question: Cyclone Nargis destroyed many mangrove forests in the Irrawaddy delta. What was the impact of the storm on biodiversity in the region?
Answer: The cyclone caused a tidal surge which was up to 20 feet (6 meters) high. Almost 100 square miles (260 square km) of land was flooded and turned into a virtual sea. Meinmahla Island, for instance, was completely covered by seawater, but then resurfaced after the cyclone. The biodiversity of the mangrove forests, sea-grass beds and coral reefs was severely impacted. A large number of plants and animals, including trees, fish and even turtles and crocodiles, were killed in the deluge.
Q: What consequences do you foresee if the destruction of the mangrove forests continues?
A: If the mangrove forests disappear, the impact of similar disasters in the future will be immense..."|
|Author/creator:|| ||Interview with U Ohn|
|Source/publisher:|| ||"The Irrawaddy" Vol. 16, No. 9|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||13 November 2008|
|Title:|| ||Myanmar mangroves must be replanted to bolster ecosystem: IUCN
|Date of publication:|| ||23 May 2008|
|Description/subject:|| ||"Mangroves and other natural barriers must be urgently restored in cyclone-stricken Myanmar to bolster flood defences against any future catastrophe, environmental group IUCN warned Friday..."|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Earth Science News|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||14 July 2012|