Myanmar – Floods Affect Almost Half a Million People

The heavy rain and floods that began in June continue to affect hundreds of thousands in Myanmar.

According to figures from Myanmar’s Relief and Resettlement Department, Ministry of Social Welfare, 477,360 people have been affected by flooding in 11 states or regions across the country since the start of June.

The affected states / regions are: Sagaing, Kachin, Mandalay, Magway, Bago, Mon, Yangon, Ayeyarwady, Shan, Chin and Kayin.

At least 8 fatalities have been reported as a result of the floods: 2 in Kachin, 2 in Saigang, 3 in Bago and 1 in Yangon.

The worst hit regions by numbers affected are Magway (204,365), Mandalay (107,200), Ayeyarwady (74,989), Bago (53,357) and Sagaing (27,996).

Many of the worst hit areas are along the overflowing Chindwin and Ayeyarwady rivers, as illustrated by the map below, from the Myanmar Information Management Unit.

August 2016. Image: Myanmar Information Management Unit
August 2016. Image: Myanmar Information Management Unit

Flood Summary

Last updated: August 18, 2016
Event
Myanmar, July to August 2016
Date
July 8, 2016
Type
Inland flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall, Long-term rainfall
Continued heavy rain across parts of Myanmar since early July has brought further flooding and landslide to several regions / states, in particular Rakhine state, and also Kachin State and Sagaing, Magwe, Mandalay, Ayeyarwady and Bago regions. From 05 August, Mon state was affected. By  18 August, Sagaing, Kachin, Mandalay, Magway, Bago, Mon, Yangon, Ayeyarwady, Shan, Chin and Kayin were all affected.

Locations

A - Minbya, Rakhine
B - Ann, Rakhine
C - Mrauk-U, Rakhine
D - Kyauktaw, Rakhine
E - Magwe
F - Mandalay
G - Sagaing

Magnitude

Rainfall level
125 mm in 24 hours
Ann, Rakhine - July 13 to July 14, 2016
Rainfall level
103 mm in 24 hours
Manaung, Rakhine - July 12 to July 13, 2016

Damages

Fatalities
2 people
Rakhine - July 8 to July 21, 2016
Evacuated
25,000
Rakhine - July 8 to July 21, 2016
Buildings destroyed
6 buildings
Minbya, Rakhine - July 8 to July 21, 2016
Buildings damaged
5,000
Rakhine - July 8 to July 21, 2016
Evacuated
234,000
Kachin State and Sagaing, Magwe, Mandalay, Ayeyarwady and Bago regions - July 27 to August 10, 2016
As of 03 August, Magwe (55,336 displaced) Mandalay (25,040), and Sagaing (13,040). Kachin State and Ayeyarwady and Bago regions also affected. Numbers of displaced increased thereafter. By 08 August, Mon state was also affected.
Fatalities
8 people
August 4 to August 18, 2016
According to Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD), 2 fatalities in Kachin, 2 in Saigang, 3 in Bago and 1 in Yangon.
Affected
477,360
July 1 to August 18, 2016
As of 18 August, the worst hit regions by numbers affected are Magway (204,365), Mandalay (107,200), Ayeyarwady (74,989), Bago (53,357) and Sagaing (27,996).