07 Aug 2020 - Source: Eleven Myanmar - As Ayeyawady River in Bago Region swelled to record level as of August 4th and heavy rain poured in eastern Bago Region, floods hit seven townships leaving over 9,000 victims. During this day, the Ayeyawady River has risen in some townships of western Bago Region.

This led to nearly 1,100 houses being flooded with about 4,000 people facing difficulties from flooding.

The torrential rain also poured in eastern Bago Region and it caused river rise.

Over 900 houses in Nyaunglebin, Phyu and Oaktwin Townships have been submerged.

"In western part of Bago Region, Pyi, Shwetaung and pantaung Townships are flooded as the Ayeyawady River is swelled during this week. Moreover, flooding occurred in eastern part of Bago Region. In the whole of Bago Region, about 2,000 houses are being flooded and there are over 9,000 flood victims," said Assistant Director Myo Zaw Han, Natural Disaster Management Department in Bago Region.

Moreover, the railroad was submerged because the bridge situated in the entrance of Painzaloat Township, Nyaunglebin, had broken down on the night of August 4th due to heavy rain.

So, Myanmar Railways temporarily suspended its train services until further notice.

The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement already provided cash and kinds including medical supplies worth about Ks 20 million to the victims.

There are 17 flood relief camps in the Bago Region and some victims are taking shelters in their relatives and nearby monasteries.

During the monsoon season from June to September, flash floods and landslides occur frequently in Myanmar accompanied by heavy rainfall and strong winds, especially in hilly areas and low-lying areas.