Slide show of damage at VOA.
According to DVB, entire new townships, which for the most part consist of flimsy wooden and galvanised iron houses, have been seriously damaged and there are no authorities or emergency crews to be seen.
Coming on the back of last year’s price increases, there are reports of rapid further rises in costs (and here) and residents fear imminent widespread hunger and water problems unless there is international assistance.
The UN says that “flooding, blocked roads and disrupted communications are hampering efforts to assess the full extent of damage” but that “the water supply is unfit to drink”. There is no electricity, the supply of which is unreliable at the best of times.
There are as yet no detailed reports of the delta region, which has been put under a state of emergency, as well as states to the east of Rangoon.
The government has not yet formally requested international assistance.