Myanmar deadly earthquake : No official casualty and damage updates since March 25!

Last update: April 1, 2011 at 9:49 am by By

This is Part 3 of the earthquake-Report.com extensive reporting of the deadly Myanmar earthquake which occurred in the evening of March 24, 2011. The earthquake took place in the border area from Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and China. The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.2 (China) or 6.8 (USGS).
Click here for Part 1 or Part 2
So far the official earthquake death toll (Myanmar/Burma state-run media) still stands at 74 with 111 people injured (like reported by the government the day after the earthquake!).
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Collapsed building in Ta Ler - image courtesy shanland.org

UPDATE 09:50 UTC : On 30 March, the local authorities in Tarlay have estimated that 702 houses were damaged. The Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) reports that 3,152 people are homeless. Initial findings of a rapid assessment indicate that at least 18,000 people residing in 90 villages are affected by the earthquake. Most of those villages are located in Tarlay and Mong Lin.

UPDATE 09:47 UTC : The local authorities have reviewed the situation and identified immediate needs in water, including the restoration of access to safe water and shelter. Other remaining needs will be identified through the coordinated assessment, which will take place on 31 March and 1 April.

UPDATE 01/04 – 09:37 UTC : Two Chinese friendship associations have donated 15,250 U.S. dollars to quake-hit Myanmar

UPDATE 16:44 UTC : Thebestfriend.org did start a fundraising for the victims of the earthquake. Click here to view the article.

UPDATE 16:41 UTC : Very few media are still reporting about the earthquake damage, death and injured toll or concerning the aid and reconstruction issues.

UPDATE 16:38 UTC : At the moment Norwegian Church Aid has US$25,000 immediately available and will perhaps respond through MBC depending on the needs and scale of the damage. However, more information is needed before a decision can be taken. Diakonia, Church World Service (CWS), DanChurchAid (DCA), Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and Christian Aid (CA), are also waiting for more information before making any decision.

UPDATE 16:26 UTC : The UNICEF team has assessed 26 schools and found five fully collapsed and six damaged schools in Tarlay Sub-Township. The Ministry of Education is expected to have these schools rebuilt in time for the new semester, due to start in June.

UPDATE 16:24 UTC : The local authorities have deployed four assessment teams to conduct an assessment in seven locations : Tarlay Sub-Township; Nar Yawng Village Tract; Mong Lin (East) and Mong Lin (West) Village Tracts. In cooperation with the local authorities, MRCS is also conducting an assessment in the same areas with 30 volunteers divided into six teams.

UPDATE 31/03 – 16:22 UTC : The government has welcomed the support provided by humanitarian partners present in Myanmar and has identified remaining needs in food, shelter, health, water and sanitation. The Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) has established several relief distribution centers for affected people with the people returning home after receiving relief items.

UPDATE 12:35 UTC : Official statistics remain as published on March 25.  Aid organizations are using the same (outdated) data for their information, thus diminishing the scope of the damage and casualties.

UPDATE 12:25 UTC : The heads of several UN agencies are planning a visit to the earthquake affected areas in the coming days.

UPDATE 12:24 UTC : World Vision Myanmar has reported 96 cases of diarrhoea in 3 villages (Pay Tha La 1 village, Pay Tha La old village and Na Po Sha village) in Nar Yawng Village Tract.

UPDATE 12:23 UTC : UNICEF reports that the number of out-patients being treated in clinics in Tarlay has increased over the last day, primarily due to colds and diarrhea.

UPDATE 12:22 UTC : World Vision Myanmar reports that access to drinking water is still disrupted due to the damages to a number of pipes, tanks and wells. A risk of water contamination remains.

UPDATE 12:21 UTC : The bridge connecting Tachileik and Tarlay, has been repaired and re-opened for regular traffic. Trucks up to 3 tonnes can cross the bridge.

UPDATE 12:19 UTC : The Government has welcomed the support provided by humanitarian partners present in Myanmar. The Government identified remaining needs in food, shelter, health, water and sanitation.

UPDATE 12:15 UTC : Local media report that the greater epicenter population has growing fears that another huge earthquake will strike. Earthquake-Report is used to this kind of rumors who appear everywhere in the world. People who have no idea of what happened are starting to tell a story which multiplies faster than a chain letter. Once again such a chance cannot be ruled out but such quakes (like in Japan) are not the standard but are the exception. Normally aftershocks will be strong in the beginning but the strength and the frequency will diminish gradually.

UPDATE 30/03 – 00:40 UTC : India will provide assistance of $1 million to Myanmar for relief and rehabilitation in the areas affected by last week’s earthquake. India enjoys strong bilateral ties with the military-junta ruled Myanmar.

UPDATE 21:24 UTC : As reported earlier in our articles, the area around Tarlay and the Golden Triangle have regular fighting between insurgents and government troops.  We haven’t seen any official reports stating that the insurgency is a real problem in providing aid to the villagers.
The following is another excerpt from the same article in The Irrawaddy :
A member of Tarlay people’s militia told me that no aid had reached Kyakuni Village, which was located on top of a hill in the western part of town. He said the village, where the Lahu People’s Militia were living, was severely affected by the earthquake.  “Members of United State Wa Army and Shan State Army-South are moving around this area, so perhaps that’s why no assistance has reached Kyakuni—because of the security problems,” said the soldier.

UPDATE 21:17 UTC : This is how someone in Tarlay  people experienced the earthquake : Khin Maung Hla, the head of People’s Militia in Tahlay (Tarlay), said he knew something terrible was happening even before his house started shaking. Then, he said, he heard a loud noise. He ran outside and saw that the third storeys of his house had imploded and collapsed onto the second storey. After he regained himself, Khin Maung Hla said he ran back inside to rescue his family. He found his mother and children uninjured, but could not locate his wife. He searched the rubble on the second floor and found his wife dead. (Source The Irrawaddy)

UPDATE 21:13 UTC : Every house on the main road in Tarlay has been destroyed in the quake. Only six houses out of 175 in Tarlay town remained in reasonable shape.

UPDATE 18:49 UTC : AFP reports that aid workers praised Myanmar’s regime on Monday for its speedy response to the recent earthquake that killed more than 70, in contrast to the aftermath of previous disasters to strike the country.

UPDATE 17:14 UTC : A new video from the Voice of America shows more devastation and people waiting in line for food and water.

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UPDATE 09:10 UTC : OCHA has made a map of the greater earthquake area of the Myanmar earthquake. Click here or on the small map to see the enlarged map.

UPDATE 08:59 UTC : More pictures of the destruction in the area can be seen here

UPDATE 08:58 UTC : Readers from this article have to be aware that the Shan area is known to have regular fighting in between rebel groups and the government.

UPDATE 08:49 UTC : Earthquake-Report publishes the data from the Opposition newspapers as no other sources are reporting updated numbers on this earthquake. All organizations working together with the government for Search and Rescue and Aid are still using the same numbers published by the government 1 day after the earthquake, a number which is certainly not correct as some of the devastated villages were not yet reached and inspected at that time.

UPDATE 08:30 UTC : The Shan Herald, the newspaper from an opposition movement reported the following earthquake details :

The latest count of fatal quake victims in Talerh (Talay) alone was 151 (March 28), according to an informed Lahu source. This does not include those killed in Tachilek and Mong Lane (Monglin). The total death toll therefore would be well over 200.
At the latest count, Jakuni, a village in Talerh (Talay), suffered 76 casualties: 21 dead and 55 injured.
Another village, Mark Ang-khang, suffered 16 dead

UPDATE 08:08 UTC : Opposition newspaper The Irrawaddy has written an” Commentary article” on what they are thinking about the behavior of the Myanmar authorities concerning this earthquake.
Click here to read the full article

UPDATE 29/03 – 00:51 UTC : This video below was published by the Democratic Voice of Burma and shows the collapsed houses in the Tarlay area..

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UPDATE 23:23 UTC : Following Shanland.org, another opposition newspaper, hundreds of victims affected by Thursday’s ( 24 March) earthquake are still lacking access to food and aid even though relief supplies are being distributed from local and international communities everyday, according to local sources.

UPDATE 22:57 UTC : The Chinese government decided to provide US$500,000 in cash for the disaster relief and post-disaster reconstruction for the Myanmar’s government. It is an expression of friendship between the Chinese government and people and Myanmar’s government and people.

For the 2 other update pages (from the moment the earthquake struck until March 16 18u30) please click here for Part 1 and Click here for Part2

Original start text
Massive shallow and potentially destructive earthquake in the Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and China area.
GDACS has published a RED earthquake alert which we agree on condition that the hypocenter depth is confirmed

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 7.0 6.8 (USGS) 7.2 (Chinese authorities)
UTC time : Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 13:55:12 UTC
Local time at epicenter : Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 08:25:12 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km
Quake-maps.com satellite map + I Did Feel It form
Geo-location(s) :
90 km (56 miles) from Chiang Rai, Thailand
168 km (104 miles) SSW from Yunjinghong, Yunnan, China

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
3-dimensional view of the earthquake area (USGS epicenter location)
USGS Shaking map
USGS historic earthquakes map
USGS impact on population map
USGS Seismic hazard map
GDACS RED Earthquake Alert (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System)

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