At Least 6 Killed as Myanmar Floods Spread

Trying to get a full picture of the current flood situation in Myanmar is proving difficult. Local media and government officials appear to have different stories to tell. From what we can make out, the situation has deteriorated since our initial report of 5 August 2014 where monsoon rain flooded parts of Yangon region. As stated in that report, further flooding was expected at the time and likely to affect Rakhine (Arakan) State, Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) and Bago (Pegu).

There are now reports that flooding has spread and affected parts of the Bago region, Ayeyarwady, Rakhine and Mon states over the last week.

Bago

Although no deaths have been reported in Bago, flooding is widespread and has affected 40,500 hectares of farmland. Flood water is said to be over 1 metre in some parts causing difficulties for transport. All schools have been closed in the region as a result.

Ayeyarwady

Nearly 1,000 people had to be evacuated from Ingapu township after severe flooding there earlier this week.

Rakhine State

200 families have been evacuated from the low lying Thandwe township in western coastal Rakhine State over the past few days. Three people died after Tha Htay Choung dam broke. One person drowned in an overflowing river in Ta Lin Seik village.

Mon State

Two people have died in landslides in the area. Two other people are missing after their vehicle was swept away in flood waters. According to Mizzima, Kyaikhto, Beelin and Tha-htone townships are currently the worst affected areas of Mon state. Over 3,000 people have been evacuated and are currently staying in relief camps

River Levels

River levels remain high and are likely to remain so for the coming days. In particular, authorities have warned that the Pegu, Sittaung and Salween rivers could cause further flooding in Pegu and Mon state, and also in and Karen state, according to The Irrawaddy.

Rainfall and High Tides

Further heavy rainfall has been forecast. Adding to the woes of coastal regions, a particularly high tide is also expected around mid August.