Myanmar – 19 Dead After Floods in Sagaing, Kachin, Mandalay and Shan

Heavy rain has continued to fall in Myanmar, causing severe flooding in at least 4 states or regions. According to latest media and official reports, at least 19 people have died as a result of flooding since 17 July 2015.

Meanwhile, two people have died in neighbouring Bangladesh after heavy rain caused floods and landslides in the districts of Chittagong, Barisal and Khulna.

Myanmar

Last week Kachin State and Sagaing Region suffered widespread flooding. Initial assessments reported that 7 people had died. Authorities now say that 9 deaths have been reported

Since 24 July 2015, flooding has been reported in Shan state and Mandalay region, leaving at least 10 more people dead. Myanmar’s Ministry of Information said that 6 people were killed by flash floods in Thabeikkyin, central Mandalay Region. A further 3 deaths were reported after floods in Thibaw, in Shan State.

This is the second spate of flooding in Myanmar since early July. At least six people died during the first week of July when floods hit Rakhine state.

Rainfall

On 25 July 2015, 186mm of rain fell at Sittwe in Rakhine State in a 24 hour period. Shwebo, Sagaing Region , saw 107mm during the same period. More heavy monsoon rainfall is forecast for much of Myanmar on 27 July, in particular central regions.

Sagaing Floods Update

Sagain state was hit by floods after heavy rain between 15 and 19 July. The UN say that, on 23 July, the Government’s Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) reported that some 70,000 people were affected by the floods in 11 townships, with nine fatalities and over 12,000 houses damaged.

Local authorities, Union Government, the military, the Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) and local civil society are providing food, water and other basic services. A joint team of RRD, MRCS, INGOs and UN visited the worst-affected areas on 24-26 July to assess the situation.

Bangladesh

Heavy rain in the region has also affected parts of neighbouring Bangladesh. Floods have been reported in the districts of Chittagong, Barisal and Khulna. ECHO report that a landslide triggered by the rainfall in Cox’s Bazaar on 27 July destroyed at least 4 houses and left two people dead and three missing.

On 26 July 2015, as much as 210 mm of rain fell in 24 hours in Chittagong, and 190 mm in Cox’s Bazaar. Earlier today Bangladesh’s Flood Forecasting Warning Centre reported that several rivers have levels above flood level at 10 stations.

Local media are reporting that as many as 40,000 people have been left marooned by flooding in Cox’s Bazar since Sunday 26 July 2015.