Six killed in Mynamar flooding

Nay Pyi Taw, Aug 12 (IANS) Six people were killed in Myanmar due to floods caused by torrential rains, affecting over 420,000 people nationwide, authorities said on Friday.

The flooding, which began in July, is still persistent in Bago, Ayeyawaddy and Yangon regions although some regions such as Kachin state and Sagaing, Mandalay and Magway have closed their relief camps as flood waters have receded, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement said.

Nine townships in Bago region, 12 in Ayeyawaddy and three in Yangon were the latest areas hit by flooding, Xinhua news agency reported.

Meanwhile, Myanmar’s western and northwestern states of Chin and Rakhine have been alerted for possible flash flood and landslide as depression is forming over the northwest Bay of Bengal, according to the Meteorology Department on Thursday.

–IANS

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