March 19, 2018
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Landslide-disrupted road reopened in SE Myanmar

  • Category: Myanmar
Villagers wade through flood waters in Myawaddy town. About 25,000 people have been evacuated to makeshift camps after floods ravaged eastern Myanmar, said an official. Relief teams struggled to reach remote areas inundated by water. Photo: AFP

The Myawaddy-Kawkareik motor road in southeast Myanmar's Kayin state, disrupted by landslide due to incessant rain over the past week, has been reopened to traffic, official media reported Sunday.

The road was able to resume traffic after wreckage were cleared by the joint efforts of government employees, armed forces and local battalions.

Passengers and commodities are being transported regularly since Saturday and safety work for passengers in the inundated section of the road is also being carried out, the report said.

At least three people were killed and one went missing in flash flood triggered by heavy rainfall in six townships of the state since last weekend.

The flood has left 33,408 people homeless and the government set up 79 camps to carry out relief work.

A total of 25 places were blocked due to landslide on the Thingannyenaung-Kawkareik road, with one bridge collapsed, 245 schools closed and 30,907 acres (12,517 hectares) of paddy field destroyed in Kayin state.

Mon state's Bilin, Kyaikmaraw and Ye townships were also hit by flood, leaving 4,681 homeless.

Three relief camps have been set up to accommodate the victims in the three townships.

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