July 16th, 2008
10:47 AM ET

Myanmar's choking crops

CNN's Betty Nguyen reports on Myanmar farmers struggling to survive after cyclone Nargis. Even after the disaster, it's a hard road ahead as they try to salvage their crops.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Betty Nguyen • Myanmar • Severe Weather
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Alex, Ca

    I'm very proud and glad that Ms. Nguyen took the risk to tell us the story. For a minute there it felt like the devastation in Myanmar was forgotten. After two months, aid still hasn't reached much out there. I really hope and pray that relief can be established in that region. So many men, women, and children are still in need of food, shelter, and medical attention. We can not ignore them!

    Continue the good work Ms. Nguyen and please stay safe while keeping us informed of this continuing situation.

    July 16, 2008 at 9:32 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    Myanmar is not the only country with crop problems although there's are quite extreme. China because of its earthquake is also going to suffer from reduced crops and perhaps food shortages. Food production is down throughout the world because of either weather related incidents, drought, or the production of biofuel. The US which historically sends out food aid will not have as much this year to send. So Mayanmar suffers from its own crop losses and from a diminished capability to obtain food assistance from other countries. Its going to be a really bad year for a lot of folks. Thanks Betty for reminding us that even after the flood waters ebb there are still problems to resolve.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    July 16, 2008 at 8:21 pm |
  3. Caren in Los Angeles

    Though it is crushing to hear these people's stories and see their still-flooded lands, I'm glad 360 is showing us this footage, because nobody ever seems to update us on events that happened in the past. We usually find out something terrible happened, hear the details, and then it disappears a few weeks later, and people forget. I'm the type who always wonders what's going on. Thanks Betty, for keeping us in the loop to how life really is in Myanmar right now.

    July 16, 2008 at 7:43 pm |
  4. anne,newfoundland canada

    The world needs to see what is REALLY happening,or in this case,NOT happening in Myanmar,it is outrageous that people have to live this way,and basically nothing is being done to help them!

    Thank you to Betty and her CNN crew,for bringing this to light.They took a risk,and I hope they are all ok.

    July 16, 2008 at 12:21 pm |
  5. Cindy

    With such devastation that occured in Myanmar I don't see how they can even really make it at all. They have no houses, no food and the government seems to care less!

    With all of the salt water and many farmers having to share one tiller I don't see them producing much if any rice at all. I hope that they still are getting plenty of aide from out side sources and that the government is actually giving it to them. But who would know since they don't allow anyone in to check up on them.

    I am glad that Betty took the risk to report from there. I hope others do also. Some body needs to keep them honest!


    July 16, 2008 at 11:10 am |
  6. Larry

    And we think we have problems to whine about.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:49 am |