Monsoon death toll reaches 91, 65 injured

flooding_3 People walk through flood water in Insein, Yangon, on August 7. Shin Moe Myint./The Myanmar Times

05 Sep 19 - Source: Myanmar Times - Strong winds, heavy rain, flash floods and landslides brought about by the monsoon season that started on June 25 have killed 91 people, and injured another 65, the Disaster Management Department said on Wednesday.

More than 200,000 people have been displaced by flooding this year, according to the department.

However, it noted that most relief centres have been closed, although there are still families living in some centres in areas of Tanintharyi, Kayin, Bago, Mandalay, Magwe and Nay Pyi Taw.

The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology advised people to heed its weather advisories to stay safe when natural calamities strike.

Due to the monsoon, rain or thunderstorms will be widespread over the next 72 hours in Bago, Yangon, Ayeyarwady, Tanintharyi, Rakhine, Kayin and Mon regions and states, the weather bureau said.

The monsoon remains strong over the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal due to a low pressure area, and as tropical storm "Kajiki" makes landfall in Vietnam.

"There will be more rain," said U Kyaw Moe Oo, director general of Meteorology and Hydrology. There will also be occasional squalls and rough seas off and along the Myanmar coasts. Surface wind speeds may reach 64 kilometres per hour, with waves as high as 3 metres.

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