Record breaking heavy rain has triggered flooding and landslides in parts of Mon State in the south of Myanmar.
The towns of Mawlamyine and Mottama are the worst hit areas. Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye yesterday visited affected communities yesterday, 17 June, 2018, according to Myanmar News Agency.
Houses, a school and a hospital have been damaged in Mottama. The Kyaikthalan Pagoda in Mawlamyine, the capital of Mon State, was damaged by a landslide.
A temporary relief camp has been set up at a school to provide accommodation and food supplies and the Minister for Social Welfare announced financial aid for the flood victims. Local media report that at least 1,000 people have been displaced by the flooding.
The flooding was triggered by heavy rain in the areas that has been falling since 16 June. Mudon, a town in Mon State about 22 km south of Mawlamyine, recorded 297 mm of rain in 24 hours between 16 and 17 June, 2018, beating the previous record high of 296 mm set in 2004.
According to Myanmar’s Department of Meteorology and Hydrology further heavy rain is expected in Mon and Kayin States and Taninthayi Region over the coming days as the monsoon remains vigorous over the Andaman Sea and South Bay.
Floods in Northern Myanmar
Last week at least one person died and 3 were missing after floods and landslides in the north of the country, including Rakhine state.
The Myanmar Red Cross Society said they are continuing to distribute relief supplies to victims of flooding and strong winds that hit parts of Sandoway District in Rakhine State over the last few days.
B - Mottama
C - Mudon
D - Pakokku Township, Magway Region
E - Saw Township, Magway
F - Kani, Sagaing Region
G - Sittwe, Rakhine
H - Hpakant
Taunggyi, Shan State - June 9 to June 10, 2018
Rainfall figures from Myanmar’s Department of Meteorology and Hydrology
Sittwe, Rakhine - June 10 to June 11, 2018
Machanbaw, Kachin State - June 9 to June 10, 2018
Magway in Magway Region - June 10 to June 11, 2018
Kyauktaw, Rakhine - June 10 to June 11, 2018
Yay, Mon State - June 15 to June 16, 2018
Mudon, Mon State - June 16 to June 17, 2018
Yay, Mon State - June 17 to June 18, 2018
Mudon, Mon State - June 17 to June 18, 2018
Dawei, Taninthayi State - June 17 to June 18, 2018
Mon State - June 16 to June 19, 2018
Most of the buildings damaged were homes. A school and hospital were damaged in Mottama. The Kyaikthalan Pagoda in Mawlamyine was damaged by a landslide.
June 9 to June 27, 2018
19 deaths were reported across several states from 09 June to 20 June. On 22 June 6 people died in landslides and flooding in Hpakant Township (Phakant) in Mohnyin District, Kachin State.
June 9 to June 20, 2018
7500 families were evacuated in Rakhine, 4,000 families in Magwe, 2,500 in Mon.