Flood water recedes back in disaster-hit areas in Myanmar

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The flood water receded back in Rakhine, Chin and Magway and Sagaing recently announced by the government as the disaster-hit states and regions, according to the reports issued on August 6.

The following is a compilation of related further news that the flood water is receding back in disaster-affected states and regions.

The flood water recedes a little back after reaching above the warning level of Ayeyawady river in Pyay District

The overflow water has already receded a little back in Pyay District, the western part of Bago Region, after reaching above the warning level of Ayeyawady river. Preventive measures against the bank erosion are being now carried out near the strand road of Hsinsu ward.

Ayeyawady already receded back to one centimeter from 67 centimeters reaching above the danger level, according to the measurement taken on August 6 by the weather bureau of Pyay District. To avoid the erosion, embankments are being sandbagged and the strand road has been temporarily closed.

"The river water will repeatedly recede back within the next two days, according to the weather bureau of Nay Pyi Taw. Today's afternoon a small amount of river water has gone down and it is a good sign for the local people," Aung Myint Kyi, the director of weather bureau of Pyay District, said.

Some banks of Pyay were eroded by the river flood water. Not to avoid further erosion, the municipal officials and workers, firefighters and social volunteers are sandbagging the embankments beginning August 6 morning.

The flood affected 4271 households in Pyay township, 6767 in Padaung township, 10,408 in Shwetaung township, 94 in Paungte township, 456 in Thekon township bringing the total number to 22,004 households in the whole Pyay district.

Difficult access to transport in Minbya, Ann and Maungdaw in Rakhine State

The roads and bridges damaged by the floods are currently under repair despite the flood water has receded back in the disaster-hit townships in Rakhine State. Minbya, Ann and Maungdaw are still facing difficult access to transport.

Currently the buses are running from Sittway to MraukU, but they cannot reach Minbya yet. In Ann township, mountain torrents eroded one of the pillars supporting to the 990-long and the 16-feet wide bridge on Yangon-Sittway motor road and it is not serviceable.

The landslide occurred on Mayyu mountain range in Maungdaw and the road had to be closed. The Public Works is building a new short cut, but it has not been finished. The travelers cannot use the motor road and so the prices of commodities at the border are skyrocketing.

"The cars cannot rely on the motor road and consequently the prices of commodities are rising. The transport fee for one basket of rice costs Ks 5,000. The rice price climbs to Ks 20,000 from Ks 15,000 at the border. For better kinds of rice, the price rises from Ks 30,000 to Ks 50,000. We are buying the rice at the current high price because we need to eat," a civil servant of Maungdaw said.

"Our cars are running to MraukU. But we can't travel to Minbya. Kazugaing bridge collapsed in Ann township and we cannot go to Yangon," the responsible person of Shwepyithit highway bus line said.

"Kazugaing bridge collapsed in Ann township and so we asked the officials to send a ferry. If we have a ferry, we will go to Sittway," the responsible person of Aung Thitsaw highway bus line said.

Healthcare services still need in Belin, Mon State despite the decrease of the flood water

Belin river water has receded back on August 6 after reaching above the danger level recently and the flood victims are returning their homes, according to the local people.

"The flood victims are returning their homes from the relief camps as the flood water has considerably receded. The schools early opening relief camps are being reopened now," Pyae Sone, a local resident of Belin, said.

The flood occurred in Belin, Mon State due to torrential and mountain rains beginning on July 29 and affected more than 4,600 people who were taking shelters at 27 relief camps until August 3.

Flood victims are not easy to go back home despite Thanlwin river water recedes back

Despite Thanlwin river water went down below the warning level on August 6, low-lying areas are still facing the flood. Most of the flood victims are still taking shelters at nine rescue camps.

"Our Hpa-an has kept opening 10 relief camps. The flood water is receding at the moment, but only one relief camp has been closed. The remaining relief camps are being still opened. The assistance fails to meet need at the relief camps. I will run across some difficulty to renovate my house even if I return home. I am worried about that," the flood victim from one of the relief camps in Hpa-an said.

Hpa-an has kept opening 10 relief camps accepting 1,222 households comprising 6,444 residents. On August 5, one out of 10 relief camps was closed. Twenty households comprising 113 residents are returning to their homes.

17 died and 1200 houses destroyed in Minpya

According to local social organisations, about 1,200 homes were destroyed by floods and 750 households became homeless. Seventeen people, 365 buffaloes, 782 cows and 150 goats were killed by strong winds, landslides, tree collapses and floating logs while the villages were being flooded. The data were collected by the township administrative office up to August 5.

Moreover, 6,255 acres of shrimp breeding ponds and over 55,000 acres of crops fields were destroyed. More destruction is likely as exact figures are not available yet.

Over 750 households or 196,300 people in Minpya Township were affected by floods. The victims are staying in their relatives' homes or under their own arrangements as no refugee camps are set up, said local residents.

Over 6,000 flood victims in Nyaung-U Township

According to refugee camps and Buddhist monasteries in Nyaung-U Township, the number of flood victims has reached 6,122 up to August 4.

In the township, 1,443 households were affected by floodwaters and 1,443 heads of cattle were killed.

Nyaung-U District commissioner Tin Htoo Maung said: "We made preparations. We made lists of ordination halls and monasteries where victims could shelter. We also reported to government departments and consulted with relief aid organisations. We could render help in time. All social organisations in the region are helping us."

Arrival of Indian aid in Kalay, Kachin State

Relief aid from India arrived in Kalay for the flood victims on Thursday.

The aid coming from New Delhi includes 9 tons of rice, 235 kilograms of noodles and 935 kilograms of medicine. The Indian consulate said the relief aid was handed over to Commander Maj-General Min Naung of the Western Command.

"Today, New Delhi sent two airplanes loaded with relief aid to Mandalay. They arrived later than scheduled because of mechanical failure. The goods have gone to Kalay. They were sent in batches because large aircraft find to difficult to land in Kalay. We plan to sent aid to Sittway," said Indian consul Dr. N Nandakuma

The relief aid mainly went to worst affected regions such as Kalay, Haka and other areas in Chin State. Rice, medicine and instant noodles were also due to arrive in Tada-U Airport in Mandalay on Thursday evening. The relief will go to the flood-hit areas in the upper Myanmar. The Indian aid was handed over to the regional governments and the ministry of relief and resettlement.

Nearly 30,000 acres of farmland in Kachin State affected by floodwaters

Kachin State agriculture minister B Htaw Zaung told the Daily Eleven that nearly 30,000 acres of farmland from 97 villages were affected and about 10,000 acres of them totally destroyed.

"July's flooding affected nearly the whole state. Moegaung, Moehnyin, Hopin and Bamaw were worst hit. Twenty three villages were flooded, 9,470 acres of farmland affected and 8,250 acres were totally destroyed. Lwailaw dam in Moegaung Township broke up, causing floods for about a week. Pauknat dam in Bamaw collapsed. In the entire state, 97 village-tracts were flooded with 11,128 acres of farmland affected and 9059 acres totally destroyed. The state government gave us crop strains. Ploughing is under survey with the use of machinery. We still have worries as monsoon season has not been over."

The Meteorology and Hydrology Department announced that 10 inches of rainfall landed within a week since mid July, causing floods in southern Kachin State and upper Sagaing Region.

"The weather condition in Kachin State can be normal in August but we could have worries in September," said Tin Htike, a director from the department.

Heavy rain plus floods damaged the motor roads and railroads in Sagaing Region and southern Kachin State. Myitkyina-Mandalay railroad section was closed from July 17 to August 5. Road transport was disrupted as Mawlu-Henu bridge collapsed in Indaw Township, Sagaing Region, on July 25. Bamaw-Mandalay Road was closed on July 19 but reopened on August 4.