Cyclone Komen weakens, heavy rainfall continues across Myanmar
Yangon, 31 July — Cyclone Komen was likely to gradually weaken from Friday afternoon onward as it continued moving northwest into Bangladesh, according to a weather bureau forecast.
Due to the storm, regionally heavy rainfall is expected across the country as the monsoon is strong to vigorous in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal, the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology said in its forecast Friday.
Severe flooding over the past few weeks inundated nearly 400,000 acres of farmland, destroying nearly 30,000 acres and damaging more than 73,000, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation.
The ministry plans assist flood-hit farmers across the country in planting rice by distributing seeds and ploughing fields with stated-owned machinery when the flood recedes, the ministry said.—GNLM