Flooding in northern Burma

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Flooding in northern Burma

Post by KoKo » Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:26 pm

The U.N.’s emergency relief organization says incessant monsoon rain in northwestern Burma has triggered flooding, leaving nine people dead and affecting 70,000 others.

The report on Sagaing Region from the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says 12,000 houses have been damaged and schools forced to close.

The Myanmar Ahlin newspaper says the region registered a 24-hour rainfall of 7.83 inches (19.9 centimeters), the highest in 24 years.

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Re: Flooding in northern Burma leaves 9 dead

Post by Admin » Sun Aug 02, 2015 9:36 am

Govt Declares Disaster Zones as Flooding Ravages Countryside
The Burmese government has declared disaster zones in several states and divisions after relentless heavy rains inundated villages across the country.

The President’s Office released a statement on Friday declaring that Chin State, Arakan State, Magwe Division and Sagaing Division were disaster areas, with the scale of flooding posing substantial difficulties in returning flood-affected settlements to normalcy in the short term.

Up to 110,000 people have been severely affected by flooding across Burma, with 21 deaths reported in July, according to an update released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on July 30, citing government statistics.

According to figures released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation and published in state media on Thursday, more than 50,000 acres of farmland are underwater in Irrawaddy Division. In Sagaing Division, more than 100,000 acres of farmland are reportedly inundated.

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Re: Flooding in northern Burma leaves 9 dead

Post by Admin » Fri Aug 07, 2015 9:15 am

Floodwaters flow south to Irrawaddy delta
Water levels are rising in the Irrawaddy and Pathein rivers, leaving residents concerned that dikes will not be able to withstand the growing pressure as monsoonal floodwaters move south into the Irrawaddy delta from affected regions further north.

A statement yesterday from the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology said that the current on the Irrawaddy River was close to overflowing. In the towns of Pyay and Seiktha, waters rose to 2.5 feet above the ‘danger level’; three feet in Zalon; and 3.5 feet in Hinthada.

On the Pathein River, also known as the Ngawon, water levels reached 3.5 feet above danger level in Ngathaingchaung. The met office warned that rivers may continue to rise.

A resident of Hinthada told DVB, “If the dike does not break, there will be no problem. If it does, everything from Hinthada all the way downriver to Pantanaw [100 kilometres] will be inundated.”

Many people from at-risk towns have evacuated their belongings and valuables to higher ground.

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Re: Flooding in northern Burma leaves 9 dead

Post by KoKo » Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:07 pm

Nearly 1 million affected by Burma floods

The number of people affected by flooding across Burma was approaching 1 million on Sunday, with waters in the low-lying southwestern delta inundating homes and forcing villagers into temporary shelters, the government said. The death toll was on the verge of topping 100.

In some places, only the roofs of homes could be seen. International aid is on the way following appeals by the government, but so far, most of the help has come from volunteers ferrying noodles, rice and clean water door-to-door in small boats.

Heavy monsoon rains that began in late June — compounded more recently by Cyclone Komen — have triggered some of Burma's worst flash floods and landslides in recent memory. All but two of the country's 14 states have been affected.

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Post by Admin » Sat Aug 29, 2015 8:56 am

Myanmar counts cost of flood disaster
Recent monsoonal floods and landslides have taken a dreadful human toll, leaving at least 117 dead and 1.6 million people displaced, in 12 states and regions across Myanmar.

In addition, thousands of domestic animals and livestock were also killed in the natural disaster, combined with the widespread destruction of agricultural infrastructure, that has resulted in billions of kyat worth of damage.

Speaking to reporters in Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday, Khin Zaw, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development, said that nearly 20,000 farmyard animals, plus an additional 200,000 chickens were lost in the floodwaters and landslides which affected many parts of the country since June, the Democratic Voice of Burma reported.

He said that, according to data from the Animal Husbandry and Veterinarian Department, a total of 5,701 cows, 134 mythuns (Chin cows), 3,005 buffaloes, 4,341 sheep and goats, 6,684 pigs, 3,983 ducks, 29 horses and 218,706 chickens were killed in flood-related incidents.

In addition, 315 animal housings, 36,655 kilogrammes of animal feed and 566 beehives were lost, he said, for a total value of some 5.416 billion kyat (152 million baht).

The government estimates that 1,029 kilometres of rural road and 824 bridges were destroyed across the country. The costs for repairing the roads alone will cost over 22 billion kyat, it said.

The ministry’s permanent secretary went on to say that over 28 billion kyat would be required to repair and compensate for damages to water supply, health, electricity, housing and rehabilitation.

All sums had been fully budgeted and funds requested through an emergency presidential fund, he said.

President Thein Sein on Monday said the total cost of the devastation caused by this season’s floods would be in the vicinity of 165 billion kyat.

In its initial response plan released this week, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs called for a humanitarian response of US$75.5 million to cover the needs of more than 580,000 people in six states and regions affected by the floods.

Myanmar’s National Natural Disaster Management Committee has identified Hakha in Chin state; Kale in Sagaing Division; Pwintbyu in Magwe Division; and Minbya and Mrauk-U in Arakan as the five most affected townships, where a total of 229,600 people were directly affected.

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