Catastrophic Flooding And Landslides; Death Toll To Rise In Burma

Earth Changing Extremities

An aerial view of the flooded Kalay township at Sagaing division
At least 27 people have been killed by flash floods and landslides
The death toll from flash floods and landslides in Burma is set to spike, the United Nations has warned, with more heavy rain forecast for the coming days.
 
Government figures suggest at least 27 people have been killed and a further 156,000 people affected by the heavy flooding, which has hit large areas of the country.
 
However many of the worst-hit areas have not yet been reached by assessment teams, meaning the number of people affected may be “significantly higher,” the UN’s office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs (OCHA) said in a statement.
Democratic Voice of Burma journalist reports in chest-high flood water
Waters levels are as high as 4.5 metres Pic: Democratic Voice of Burma
As further information becomes available, the death toll is also “expected to increase,” it said.
 
Burma’s President Thein Sein has declared four of the worst-hit areas – the…

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