December 14, 2016

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Death toll rises — 69 perish in floods, 270,000 affected

Volunteers lay sandbags on the bank of the Ayeyawady River in Nyaungdon to hold back rising waters. Photo : Thapyay Tun (Nyaungdon)
Volunteers lay sandbags on the bank of the Ayeyawady River in Nyaungdon to hold back rising waters. Photo : Thapyay Tun (Nyaungdon)

Yangon, 5 Aug— The death toll from flooding across the country has reached 69, with nearly 270,000 people affected, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement said Wednesday.
Rakhine State, one of four declared disaster zones, was by far the worst hit, recording 41 deaths, followed by Mandalay Region with eight, Sagaing Region with seven and Shan State with five, said the ministry.
Authorities have issued a yellow alert since Tuesday for flooding in Nyaungdon Township, Ayeyawady Region, where the Ayeyawady River has risen to its designated danger level, evacuating people from 10 low-lying areas and four villages in the township to shelters, a local official said.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation announced Wednesday that the Ayeyawady River has been rising since the end of July, exceeding its designated danger level in Hinthada, Ngathaingchaung, Zalun and Nyaungdon in Ayeyawady Region.
The weather bureau has warned people in low-lying areas in Ayeyawady Region, Aunglan and Seiktha in Magway Region and Pyay in Bago Region to be alert to possible flooding.
The United Nations warned last Friday that the death toll from the disaster was set to rise.
Dams in severely flooded areas in central Myanmar are nearing or exceeding capacity, according to the government’s announcement on Wednesday.
Excess water draining from dam spillways has further impacted areas flooded by overflowing rivers.—GNLM

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