Myanmar: Floods - Jul 2014

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In July 2014, heavy seasonal rains, landslides and strong winds throughout Myanmar, in particular in the lower parts of the country, caused damage, flooding, landslides, and the collapse of riverbanks in several regions. The most affected states/regions are Ayeyarwady, Bago, Kayin, Kachin, Magway, Rakhine, Shan, Tanintharyi and Yangon. (OCHA, 15 Aug 2014)

At the beginning of August, continuous rains caused flooding in Bago Region. As of 8 Aug, around 15,850 people from Bago, Kawao, Thanatpin and Wah townships were reported in temporary shelters. Authorities provided emergency assistance such as food rations and some non-food items and WFP sent an assessment team. (OCHA, 11 Aug 2014)

By the end of August, over 36,000 people had been displaced by floods or strong winds. In most cases, people took shelter with relatives, in monasteries or schools and were able to return home within a few days. In Hpakant Township in Kachin, over 3,400 people were displaced by floods after several days of heavy rainst. In Mon State, some 7,000 people were temporarily evacuated. In Rakhine State, some 6,400 people were displaced due to floods and rising river levels. (OCHA, 31 Aug 2014)

Five residential areas of Tachileik, on the border between Shan State and northern Thailand, were hit by floods caused by heavy rains on 17 Sep. Over 4,600 people were affected and evacuated to temporary sites. Schools in the region are closed until further notice. While the extent of damages have not been fully assessed, many market stalls were reported to be severely damaged. (OCHA, 22 Sep 2014)

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