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Floods displace over 34,000 people in lower Myanmar

International Desk
9 August 2019, Fri
Published: 08:46

Floods displace over 34,000 people in lower Myanmar

Director Phyu Le Le Tun from Ministry of Social Welfare said that Relief and Resettlement said that floods displaced more than 34,000 people in lower Myanmar including delta areas within a week.

“Floods hit Bago, Taninthayi and Ayeyawady regions and Kayin and Mon states.There are six flood relief camps opened in Bago Region. Moenyo, Kyaukgyi, Shwekyin, Madauk and Bago are hit by floods. Over 14,000 people from about 2,900 family households have taken shelter at flood relief camps,” Phyu Le Le said.

And flooding also occurred in Kyainseikkyi, Kawkareik, Myawady, Hlinebwe and Hpa-an townships in Kayin State and 30 flood relief camps are opened. Over 11,700 people from about 2,400 family households have taken shelter at flood relief camps. Locals from Belin and Kyaikmaraw townships in Mon State are also faced flooding and the authorities are opened 38 flood relief camps, she said.

Over 7,500 people from about 1,800 family households have taken shelter at flood relief camps, according to the ministry, she added.

Phyu Le Le Tun said that a total of 697 flood victims from 163 family households have taken shelter at three flood relief camps in Myaungmya Township, Ayeyawady Region as of August 8. 263 flood victims from 55 family households have taken shelter at three flood relief camps in Taninthayi Township, Taninthayi Region.

She said that locals from upper areas of Myanmar were moved to flood relief camps during July and there is some flood victims left in flood relief camps in Sagaing, Mandalay and Magway regions.

Director Phyu Le Le Tun from Ministry of Social Welfare said that the ministry provided cash to buy two cups of uncooked rice daily for each flood victim. It fixed Ks 150 per cup of uncooked rice and provided cash for one week. It also provided Ks 300,000 each for people who are dead. It also provided cash to rebuild homes.

“The ministry provided over Ks 290 million since the floods occurred,” she added

Phyu Le Le Tun said that the floods killed three people and made more than 120,000 people homeless within three months.

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