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ILLUSTRATION BY LA JOHNSON

Now I know why my fellow passengers prayed before we left.

Read more: *This* Close to a Bus Plunge in Myanmar

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A woman carries her child as she walks through a flooded road in Kyaung Kone in Irrawaddy Region, Myanmar, August 12, 2016. / Soe Zayar Tun / Reuters

In May 2008, Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, causing loss of lives and widespread destruction of property. The category 4 cyclone strongly reiterated two facts: climate change and its repercussions have to be recognized and tackled; and, secondly, a natural disaster has the ability to bring people and civil society organizations together for re-building the spirit of the country. It was a critical moment of reflection for the nation, to take stock of its vulnerability and preparedness against an enemy which had generated havoc and panic for all.

Read more: Climate Change: A Permanent Reality for Myanmar

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Farmers fish inside Orchard farm in Maubin Township, Irrawaddy Delta, April 6, 2016.  / Reuters

Fast-dwindling mangroves in Myanmar’s low-lying Irrawaddy Delta, ravaged by decades of deforestation and conversion of land for agriculture and aquaculture, could find an unlikely savior – drones.

Read more: Mangrove-planting Drones on a Mission to Restore Myanmar Delta

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