Myanmar: Flash floods Hit Pakokku

from The Irrawaddy
Published on 29 Oct 2010 View Original

About 300 houses were swept away when floodwaters cut off at least 20 villages in remote areas of Burma's Magway Division as Cyclone Giri swept through Central Burma.

Floodwater reaching up to 15 feet in depth washed away bridges after the Yaw River burst its banks, inundating at least 20 villages and 1700 homes in Seikphyu Township in Pakokku District, local sources said.

"Relief operations cannot get to outlying villages, where many people are in trouble-I've heard there have been a number of casualties," said Aye Nyunt, a resident of Chauk, who visited the affected area.

"When floodwater began surging into our village, we had to fend for ourselves and share what we had," said a resident of Inngan, one of the flooded villages in Seikphyu township.

"Our village has two boats and we had to rescue people ourselves and ferry them to the monastery and dry land. The water came so quickly we had no time to save our livestock," he said.

Flooding hit 20 other villages in Magway's Salin District when swollen waters were released from the Salin dam without prior warning as Cyclone Giri hit the area.

Magway Division was one of the worst affected regions by Cyclone Giri, which swept through the center of Burma with winds of up to 80 miles [130 kph] per hour.