Description of the disaster
Heavy seasonal monsoon brought strong winds and heavy rains across Myanmar since the beginning of July 2018, causing increased water levels in major rivers and floods in many regions and states. The regions of Nay Pyi Taw, Bago, Tanintharyi, Magway, Sagaing and Ayeyarwady as well as Mon and Kayin states were reported to have been affected.
Due to heavy rainfall, the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) noted several rivers which either exceeded or was close to danger levels. The DMH issued flood warnings for several rivers including Chindwin, Ngawun, Sittoung, Bago where water levels approached or exceeded the danger levels. It was reported that water had reached as high as eight (8) feet in some affected areas.
Based on information from the Government’s Department for Disaster Management (DDM), a total of 147,613 people from 21,930 households were temporarily displaced and 16 people lost their lives due to the floods. The most-affected areas with reported displacements were Bago region (11,974 households), Mon (5,727 households) and Kayin states (4,229 households).
The displaced people had taken shelter in evacuation sites or stayed with relatives and host families. With flood waters receding as the monsoon culminated in mid-September, most of the people in evacuation sites or those living with host families and relatives, returned to their places of origin.