10 killed, more than 50,000 displaced in Myanmar’s deadly monsoon floods | GBRI

Myanmar Rescue Team carry locals in a boat to safety

The Southeast Asian country of Myanmar is currently witnessing deadly floods in the wake of heavy monsoon rains. Four of the country’s states got seriously flooded over the weekend and at least 10 people have been killed while more than 50,000 have been forced to flee their homes.

“We have provided boats and life jackets for people affected by the flooding and arranged temporary shelter,” Phyu Lai Lai Htun, director of the department of disaster management, told DPA news agency on Monday. The water level is now stable in two of the states and was receding in Mon and Bago states, near Yangon, according to the official.

Although the floods have not been as severe as those in 2015 when around 100 people were killed and more than 330,000 were forced to flee, the United Nations in Myanmar said in a statement on Saturday that it was “following with great concern the flooding and extensive devastation caused by heavy rains”.

Read more here: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2018/07/myanmar-10-killed-thousands-displaced-monsoon-floods-180730075153638.html

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