August 19, 2016

Floods force 45 schools to shut in Kyaungkon Tsp, more than 300,000 people in Ayeyawady Region affected

Flooding has forced 45 schools in Kyaungkon Township, Ayeyawady Region, to be closed, water also inundated more than 8,500 acres of rice paddy.
More than 8,000 people in the township have been moved to shelters while more than 2,070 homes from 36 villages are submerged by floodwater.
There are over 300,000 people affected by flooding in Ayeyarwady Region.
The flooding has submerged a total of 703 villages, forcing 38,000 people to take refuge in over 180 local shelters, while those villagers unaccounted for are reportedly fending for themselves.
“All those concerned have been instructed to reinforce all embankments with bamboo and bags of sand to help counteract the floodwaters.” said U Mann Johnny, Chief Minister of Ayeyawady Region.
The government has assisted the three flood-affected districts by providing each with K20 million – to repair their man-made embankments, originally built to act as flood defenses – and 1,000 bags of rice for the flood victims. Twenty healthcare groups have also been dispatched to the affected townships to provide help.
“It’s problematic to cook food in the flood shelters; donations of cooked meals are more convenient for us. We need food, drinking water and medicine,” said Aung Ko Oo, a flood victim currently residing in a shelter opened up in Pathein.
The General Administration Department of Ayeyawady Region reportedly informed residents from villages and wards in Pathein district that, as of Monday, river water-levels in the townships of Hinthada district had subsided by a few inches.—GNLM with Myitmakha News Agency

Photo: Win Kyine (Kyaungkon IPRD)
Photo: Win Kyine (Kyaungkon IPRD)


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