January 18, 2018
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Relief measures under way in flood-hit southern Myanmar

  • Category: Myanmar
Photo: CWS-Asia/Pacific

Relief measures have been underway in two areas --  Kayin and Mon states of southern Myanmar after days of torrential downpours over the past week, official media reported Monday.

The heavy rain continuously showered there, and Thanlwin River and Hlaingbwe Creek in Hlaingbwe Township exceeded danger levels, said the New Light of Myanmar.

The heavy rain caused floods in Hpa-an, Hlaingbwe townships and Paingkyon Sub-township and the flood victims were evacuated to safe places.

Myanmar Vice President U Nyan Tun, leading a government delegation including some union ministers of respective ministries, looked into the flooded areas in Kayin State, providing cash assistance for purchasing quality paddy saplings to be cultivated in flood-hit farmlands and necessary assistance for basic needs, education and health care of the victims.

U Nyan Tun said that depending on previous year's experiences, the nation could overcome the disasters with least loss and damage due to better preparations and flood awareness of the people.

The authorities provided basic needs and health care services to 7,665 people from 1,455 households at 13 relief camps in Hpa-an, 1,870 people from 417 households at 11 relief camps in Hlaingbwe and 53 people from 10 households at 11 relief camps in Paingkyon Sub-township.

The flood destroyed over 3,645 hectares of farmlands out of 26, 730 hectares of inundated farmlands in the state.

Flood hit houses and farmlands in townships of Kayin State from July 23 to the first week of August for the first time.

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