November 17, 2017

Fierce rain leaves hundreds homeless in Kachin

Service personnel of the Tatmadaw load relief aid onto a military helicopter to send to  flood-hit areas in Kachin State.  Photo: Commander-in-Chief Of Defence Services Office
Service personnel of the Tatmadaw load relief aid onto a military helicopter to send to flood-hit areas in Kachin State.
Photo: Commander-in-Chief Of Defence Services Office

A WEEK of fierce rain in Chibwe Township, Kachin State, swelled local creeks, causing floods that washed away 95 homes. No casualties have been reported, but the victims are reportedly running out of food.
In Myitkyina District, the rain fell on two village-tracts in the early morning of 24 April, triggering a flash flood and leaving more than 450 people homeless.
Military personnel, teaming with local officials and civil society organisations, rushed to the affected areas to conduct rescue operations. The soldiers, Red Cross members and volunteers helped the residents clear piles of fallen earth from roads and build makeshift bridges to ensure easy access to the villages. The commander of Northern Command used military helicopters to distribute supplies to flood victims.—Myanmar News Agency

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