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August 21, 2019

Humanitarian aid reaches to flood stricken Taninthayi villages

Firemen are carrying out rescue operations in flood affected area in Myeik. Photo: Khine Htoo (Myeik IPRD)

Heavy rains in Myeik District, Taninthayi Region, on 10 August caused floods and landslides that uprooted trees and damaged houses and a creek bridge.
Communities in low-lying areas of Myeik were flooded due to the heavy rains and 26 households in southern Myeik village-tracts had to take shelter at the local religious building and Aung Mingalar monastery after three feet of rain entered their homes.
Local authorities and concerned citizens helped travellers pass through the flooded main roads. They also cleared the debris from landslides, retainment walls collapsing and fallen trees along the road.
Five houses in Pyin Nge village, eight in Payar Kaing ward, Southern Myeik, and two houses in Alechaung Village were destroyed by landslides and three houses in Thinga Htee Village were damaged by trees knocked over by strong winds.
Families of wrecked hoses in Pyin Nge Village and 20 partially collapsed houses were relocated to Yadanar Thiri Monastery with the help of the Taninthayi Minister for Planning and Finance Daw Yi Yi Cho, search and rescue teams, firefighters, police and military personnel.
Similarly, families in Payar Kaing ward were relocated to Aung Myay Thuka monastery, with food arranged by the local ward administration. Officials monitored the area for possible landslides during the night.
Taung Shay wooden bridge on the Kyay Nan Taing-Nan Taw Yar rural road was damaged from the floods around 3 p.m. A construction team from the Department of Bridges is working on a 295 feet long reinforced concrete bridge to replace the damaged one nearby.
The Department of Disaster Management and the Myanmar Red Cross Society provided humanitarian support to families of two houses that were washed away from Pa Pyin Village by the floods on 9 August. Likewise, Myeik District police provided rice, cooking oil, drinking water and instant noodle packets to temporary relief camps in Pa Pyin Village and Alechaung Village. — Khine Htoo (Myeik IPRD) (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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