Floods in Myanmar claim 19 lives

At least 19 people killed in flash floods in Myanmar

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Local people carry old man in a flooded village in Kawlin township, Sagaing division, Myanmar

At least 19 people have died in flash floods in different parts of Myanmar as heavy rain has continued to fall in the country since July 17 in at least four states or regions, reported officials on Tuesday.

Thousands of others have been affected by the heavy rain that caused flooding over 20,000 acres of rice field and in about a hundred villages.

According to Xinhua reported, Director of the Department of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Chun Hayel said that heavy floods in Sagaing and Mandalay regions as well as Kachin and Shan states over the past week destroyed over 17,000 houses till Monday and affected nearly 1 million people.

Hayel also said that rescue and relief work in flood-hit areas were being carried out by regional authorities.

Last week, nine people had died in Kachin State and Sagaing Region, as officials reported.

Since July 24, at least 10 more people died in the floods in Shan State and Mandalay region.

Myanmar’s Ministry of Information said that six people were killed in the floods in Thabeikkyin, central Mandalay Region. Three more deaths were reported in the floods in Thibaw, in Shan State.

Two people also died in neighbouring Bangladesh because of floods and landslides in the Chittagong, Barisal and Khulna districts.

This is the second flood in Myanmar since early July. Flood in Rakhine State had claimed at least six lives during first week of July.

According to weather bureau forecast, rain will continue and increase in central Myanmar areas.

TRTWorld and agencies