Donethami Creek overflows, floods over 30 villages in Thahtone

Photo Some houses being inundated due to overflow of water from Donethami Creek

4 August 18 - As torrential rain and overflowing of water from Donethami Creek, flood already hit in over 30 villages of 18-village-tracts in Thahtone Township, Mon State affecting more than 15,000 peoples, says MP Khaing Khaing Le from No.1 Constituency in Thahtone Township. 

"In Thahtone Township, over 30 villages were submerged under water. Among the flood victims, we counted some victims after arriving at the relief camps. The water level is about 4-ft in the village. The villagers didn't know to leave from over 26 of flood-hit villages where there are over 300 household comprising with more than 15,000 family members," said MP Khaing Khaing Le. 

"Although villagers have rice and edible oil, they can't cook yet because their houses are being flooded. So, we daily provide meal and drinking water for them. But, it isn't enough. And then, another problem is a drinking water. We also support aids to two villages situated in the Kayin State. The two villages face the Kyattuyae village (South) and lie on the embankment of Donethami Creek. Although the two villages are involved in the Kayin State, those are near the Thahtone Township and they ask us to help them. That's why we supported aids for them," Khaing Khaing Le added. 

"In our village, over 200 were inundated and we already face difficulty of drinking water. Moreover, flooding troubled the needy families to cook the meal. If water level will decrease, they have difficulty of cooking because flooding made their houses very muddy," said Ba Pu from Dalapan village. "We already need drinking water and medicines. Now, not only medical teams but also military are now giving health care services," said Ba Pu.

The Disaster Management Department under the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement yesterday announced that heavy rain and flooding hit in entire Myanmar since end of July killing 17 people and affecting over 120,000 victims. The relief camps were closed in Sagaing, Ayeyawady Regions, Nay Pyi Taw and Shan State and victims have been transferred into their native but Kayin and Mon States, Taninthari, Bago, Magway and Yangon Regions are now opening the flood relief centers

The announcement also reported that the Social Welfare Ministry spent over Ks 710 million for disaster flood. Moreover, over 5,000 acres of monsoon paddy plantations were destroyed in Kayin State and 16 schools were closed in Taninthari Regions due to heavy rain and flooding.

​Source: Eleven Myanmar

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