December 13, 2017

Death toll climbs to nearly 100

Military personnel loading aid items onto an air force plane to ship them to flood-hit areas.
Military personnel loading aid items onto an air force plane to ship them to flood-hit areas.

The nationwide death toll from severe flooding has risen to 96, authorities said Saturday, with rising rivers threatening to inundate Ayeyawady Region.
The updated figure released by the ministry showed 56 people had perished in Rakhine State, 11 in Mandalay Region, seven in Sagaing Region and six in Shan State.
Authorities alerted residents in low-lying areas of the Ayeyawady Delta to possible flooding, urging them to move to designated shelters, as the Ayeyawady and Ngawun rivers remained above their danger levels in Hinthada, Nyaungdon, Zalun and Seiktha townships.
Floods since June have displaced than 600,000 people nationwide and inundated more than 1.2 million acres of rice fields, damaging more than 600,000 acres and destroying more than 367,000 acres, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation.
Dr Tun Lwin, former director-general of the Meteorology and Hydrology Department, predicted a low-pressure zone could form in the Bay of Bengal over the weekend, with 4 to 8 percent degree of certainty, due to the impact of Typhoon Soudelor, which is currently crossing Taiwan.
If the low-pressure zone were intensify to a storm, it would not be likely to move toward Myanmar, but would raise the likelihood of strong monsoon and further flooding in the country, the prominent weather expert wrote in a Facebook post.

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