May 14, 2008 / 6:01 AM / 11 years ago

U.S. sees risk of another cyclone hitting Yangon

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A tropical depression swirling southwest of Myanmar’s main city of Yangon could develop into a cyclone within the next 24 hours, a U.S. advisory said on Wednesday.

"The potential for the development of a significant tropical cyclone within the next 24 hours is upgraded to good with the only limitation being temporary land interaction," said a report by the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC) (, a website used by U.S. government agencies.

The country formerly known as Burma is still struggling to recover from Cyclone Nargis, which roared through its rice bowl on May 3, killing up to 100,000 people and leaving 1.5 million people destitute.

The JTWC website said the depression was currently 30 nautical miles west-southwest of Yangon.

Reporting by Carmel Crimmins; Editing by Jerry Norton

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