Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Over 9,000 Hmawby residents affected by floods

More than 9,200 people have been affected by flooding in Hmawby Township, Yangon Region, according to the Yangon Region government.

Three wards in the township have been flooded for two days, affecting 2,233 households comprising 9,250 residents. A government official said an ordination hall in Ward 2 has been set up as shelter for flood victims, but only 39 households have gone there so far.

"The remaining households are taking shelter under their own arrangements. We are providing meals, bottled water and other kinds of relief aid," said a local official.

When asked about the reason for flooding in Hmawby, he said it was due to heavy rain. He also said health staff and the Red Cross Society are providing medical treatment to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

He said Shwepyitha Township also saw floods, but there is no need for concern. He said Aphyauk Township, which is near the Ayeyawady River, was being watched for the possibility of embankments collapsing.   

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