Flooding leaves thousands displaced in Myanmar

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Nay Pyi Taw, Aug 3 (IANS) Thousands of persons were affected by flooding in Myanmar’s Mandalay region, with many temporarily displaced from their homes, rescue officials said on Wednesday.

Rescue efforts continued to limit the damage caused after heavy rains raised the water level of the Irrawaddy River which had passed the danger mark, flooding 16 of 24 villages in Mandalay’s Amarapura township, Efe news reported.

“Over 1,200 households and over 5,000 persons are already suffering from the floods. Medicine, food and aid are needed for their health,” an official said.

Scores of people affected by the floods in Mandalay and elsewhere in the country have also been relocated to temporary accommodation.

According to data from the Department of Relief and Resettlement, nearly 1,00,000 persons across five regions and one state were relocated because of the flooding.

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