Myanmar – Thousands Displaced by Floods in Sagaing, Mandalay and Magway

According to a UN report of 23 July, over 40,000 people remain displaced by monsoon flooding in Myanmar that began earlier this month.

Flooding from the Irrawaddy river in Myanmar’s state of Kachin July 2019. Photo: MOI Myanmar

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) in Myanmar reports that monsoon rains and increased river levels triggered flooding in pockets across eight states and regions with evacuations in several townships. A cumulative number of 78,000 people were displaced to 186 evacuation centres in Kachin, Rakhine, Chin, and Mon states, as well as Bago, Sagaing, Mandalay and Magway regions, according to the national Department of Disaster Management (DDM).

The situation has started to improve and where flood waters have receded, evacuation centres have been closed and people have returned to their homes.

However, with water moving to the south, Sagaing, Mandalay and Magway regions have been affected by floods. As of 23 July, more than 40,000 people remain displaced in 39 evacuation centres in Sagaing, Mandalay and Magway

In Sagaing Region, around 21,500 people from seven townships were displaced to 22 evacuation centres. In Mandalay Region, more than 21,000 people in four townships were evacuated to 18 evacuation centres and around 500 people were evacuated in Magway Region.

Rivers are currently below their danger levels. However, heavy rainfall is expected across the country over the next couple of days according to the forecast by the Myanmar Department of Meteorology and Hydrology on 24 July.