Increase of Cyclone Mocha fatalities in Myanmar


The death toll from Cyclone Mocha has risen sharply in Myanmar, with at least 74 people now confirmed dead as the severe weather system swept through the Southeast Asian country late last week.

The official death toll had stood at 46 on Sunday, but the number rose to 74 on Monday.

At least 10 people are still missing in the wake of the cyclone, which made landfall on March 11 between the cities of Mawlamyine and Ye in Mon state, about 275km (171 miles) south of Yangon, the country’s largest city.

Around 410,000 people were affected by the cyclone and some 152,000 have been displaced, with many left homeless by the storm.

The government is working to provide relief to the affected areas, and Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said that aid is being distributed to help those who have lost homes and jobs due to the storm.