More than 45,000 people affected by first monsoon flood
22 July 19 - Source: Myanmar Times - Flooding caused by the first monsoon of the season displaced more than 45,000 people, according to a statement issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs-Myanmar (OCHA) on Thursday.
Flooding has affected Kachin, Rakhine, Mon and Chin states and Mandalay, Sagaing, Bago and Magwe regions.
Many people have returned home, but more than 11,500 people remain at evacuation
However, rivers are still overflowing their banks and remain at dangerous levels, upstream and downstream. Water flowing along the path of the Ayeyarwady River towards lower Myanmar poses a risk in Mandalay, Magwe
U Kyaw Moe Oo,
The OCHA said that in Kachin alone, at the peak of flooding more than 22,000 people were displaced, according to the estimates provided by the national Department of Disaster Management. In and around the state capital Myitkyina, Tanai and Waingmaw, 79 sites were opened to accommodate people affected by the floods, but most have since returned home.
In Rakhine, more than 9600 people were displaced in Minbya, Mrauk-U and Kyauktaw townships.
Farther upstream along the Kaladan River in Paletwa township of Chin, more than 1700 people were displaced. Nearly all of them have returned home, according to the OCHA.