In a rare moment of candid and unfiltered news, The Myanmar Times published a AFP wire story on the deadliest natural disasters in 2008. It includes the following:
In both Myanmar and China many lives could have been saved if authorities there had been better prepared, he added.
“Sadly, these losses could have been substantially reduced if buildings in China, particularly schools and hospitals, had been built to be more earthquake-resilient,” Briceno said.
“An effective early warning system with good community preparedness could have also saved many lives in Myanmar if it had been implemented before cyclone Nargis.”
-“Nargis dominates disaster toll: UN” (link)
I wonder how that one got through.