March 19, 2018
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Heavy rain devastates some regions, states across Myanmar

  • Category: Myanmar
File picture of floods in Taungoke Township, Rakhine State on August 19, 2013. Photo: Mizzima

Heavy rainfall that continued for nearly a week has destroyed some roads, bridges and buildings in some states and regions across Myanmar, local media reported Saturday.

Flood triggered by endless heavy rainfall have continued across much of Kayin, Mon and Rakhine states as well as Ayeyawady, Yangon and Bago regions.

Heavy floods destroyed houses in Kayin state and 10 relief camps were set up for flood victims in Pha-an township of Kayin state.

Some wards in the downtown of Mawlamyine also face floods due to continuous rain, increasing water level of Thanlwin River and an overflow of the Atayan River, forcing local residents to use small boats for traveling on the flooded roads.

Some villages in Kyaukphyu and Thandwe townships of Rakhine state were also inundated.

Most of the townships including South Okkalapa, Mayangone and Mingalardone in Yangon were underwater due to the heavy rain since Thursday, triggering traffic snarls.

The Meteorology and Hydrology Department warned that water levels of various rivers including the Thanlwin and Ngawun still exceed the accepted danger level, meaning a high risk of more flooding.

Relief measures are being carried out for flood victims by local authorities.

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