Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern seaboard of the US on October 22, 2012. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the region, more than 23,000 people were uprooted and forced into temporary shelters and roughly 8.5 million households lost power. The Centers for Disease Control reported a total of 117 hurricane-related deaths, the majority of which occurred in New and New Jersey; the most common cause of death was drowning. Tragically, approximately half of the drowning deaths occurred in flooded homes located in areas under mandatory evacuation.
Myanmar’s recent relaxing of political, economic, and social restrictions has provided a unique opportunity to conduct research in Myanmar’s ethnic states. This report on Mon State’s information ecosystem is the first in a planned series of studies into the demographic, news media, and information dynamics that characterize Mon State as well as Myanmar’s six other ethnic states—Chin, Kachin, Kayah (Karenni), Kayin (Karen), Rakhine (Arakan), and Shan.