Myanmar flooding kills 6, displaces half million

Six people have died and more than 420,000 have been displaced in widespread flooding in Myanmar over the past six weeks, the government said Friday.

Incessant downpours have brought floods to nine regions in northern and central Myanmar, impacting more than 98,000 households, the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar reported.

Water levels in some regions have receded and some temporary shelters have shut down, but the number of flood victims has continued to rise as the floods shifted to the southern parts of the country.

The Myanmar government has spent more than 468 million kyat (around 400,000 dollars) to aid people affected by the floods, the Global New Light of Myanmar said.

The worst-hit area of Myanmar has been the Ayeyawaddy region.

Floods are common in Myanmar during the monsoon season. Last year’s flooding killed as many as 100 people and affected more than a million, the government said.

Last update: Fri, 12/08/2016 - 09:57
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