Fri. Apr 12th, 2024

BANGKOK — Flooding triggered by heavy monsoon rains in Myanmar’s southern areas has displaced greater than 10,000 individuals and disrupted visitors on the rail traces that join the nation’s greatest cities, officers and state-run media stated Monday.

A senior official on the Ministry of Social Welfare, Reduction and Resettlement, Lay Shwe Zin Oo, stated fixed rainfall within the Bago area that started final week triggered flooding within the low-lying areas of its capital, Bago township. She stated there have been no casualties reported up to now, however that greater than 10,000 individuals needed to abandon their houses.

Bago township recorded 7.87 inches (200 millimeters) of rainfall, its highest stage in 59 years, Myanmar’s Meteorological Division stated Sunday. Rain or thundershowers was forecast for throughout the nation till Monday night.

One of many leaders of an emergency rescue group in Bago instructed The Related Press that the flooding was at the very least 7-8 ft (2.44 meters) deep in low-lying areas and 3-4 ft downtown.

“Virtually the entire space of the city was flooded,” That Zin Maung, chairman of the Mizzima Thukha Charity Basis stated by cellphone on Monday. “It’s the third flood within the city this yr and the worst in a few years. All of the monasteries within the city have opened aid camps. Charity organizations are evacuating individuals from low-lying areas as a lot as they will.”

A 55-year-old resident of Bago’s Pan Hlaing ward interviewed by cellphone stated the flood waters have been about 5-6 ft deep in her neighborhood, and her members of the family have been residing on the second and third flooring of their home.

The girl, who spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of Myanmar’s army authorities prefers to tightly management the discharge of data, stated the water was nonetheless rising steadily in her neighborhood, which had by no means flooded badly earlier than.

Social Welfare Ministry official Lay Shwe Zin Oo stated individuals have been sheltering in 32 aid camps, faculties and Buddhist monasteries in Bago, whereas the authorities have been offering meals, ingesting water and different important help.

Experiences within the state-run Myanmar Alinn newspaper on Monday stated trains that departed from Mandalay, the nation’s second-largest metropolis in central Myanmar, and from southern Mawlamyine township have been halted en route. Scheduled departures from Yangon, the most important metropolis within the nation, have been canceled after rail traces have been flooded by the speedy stream of water from mountain torrents and the spillage from dams within the Bago area.

Myanmar Alinn additionally stated some neighborhoods in Kyaikto township in southern Mon state have been flooded by water from mountain torrents, and 555 individuals there have been taking shelters in three aid camps on Sunday.

Myanmar experiences excessive climate just about yearly throughout the monsoon season. In 2008, Cyclone Nargis killed greater than 138,000 individuals. In July and August this yr, floods in Mon, Kayin and Rakhine states and the areas of Bago and Magway killed 5 individuals and displaced about 60,000.

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