Flood kills 2, displaces 10,000 across Myanmar

Flood kills 2, displaces 10,000 across Myanmar

More than 100,000 people have been displaced due to heavy flood  across large parts of Myanmar, causing two deaths, while dramatic riverbank erosion has washed away a Buddhist pagoda.

 Water levels have risen steadily since unrelenting monsoon rain began to lash the heart of the Southeast Asian country in early July, driving some people to higher land or seek shelter in Buddhist monasteries, a disaster relief official said.

"The situation is under control, but what happens now will depend on the weather," Ko Ko Naing, director general of the ministry of social welfare, relief and resettlement, told Reporters

"We are prepared to support the flood-hit areas because flooding happens every year."

The government has provided food and other assistance to a total of 116,817 displaced people by Monday, as well as longer-term shelter for those outside settlements where flood waters are not expected to subside immediately, he said.

One man drowned in the floods in the Sagaing region and another was swept away while crossing a stream in Chin state, said a resettlement official in the ministry, Kay Thwe Win.

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