Sunday, August 2, 2015

200,000 flood victims reported

The Ministry of Social Welfare Relief and Resettlement has urged people to support humanitarian aid to flood victims after 18,518 houses have been destroyed by flooding and nearly 200,000 people are suffering.
Rakhine State and Sagaing Region are the worst hit, with about 150,000 victims and 14 confirmed deaths.
“Rescue workers need boats. Food is running low,” said Aung Tun in Sagaing Region.    
Flooding has hit Mandalay, Shan, Kachin, Ayeyawady, Kayin, Bago, Tanintharyi and Magway regions, causing landslides and breaking bridges.
“We have evacuated people from Kyauktaw Township. Nearby villages have donated rice, meal and snacks for the victims,” said Khin Maung Tun, a rescuer in Kyauktaw, Rakhine State.
Roads are flooded, with Sittwe and Mrauk-U townships reporting particular problems and numerous bus services have been cancelled.
Dams are also reaching dangerous levels.
An orange warning has been issued for the Rakhine coast with further storms due, according to the Meteorology and Hydrology Department.
Further flooding is due in Sagaing, Magway, Bago, Yangon and Ayeyawady regions and Chin and Rakhine states.
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