Severe Flooding Affects Tenth of Myanmar Population
Posted by feww on August 10, 2015
Widespread flooding destroys 1.2 million acres of rice fields in Myanmar, killing at least 100
Weeks of monsoon rains and strong winds together with Cyclone Komen have triggered massive flooding and mudslides across 12 of Myanmar 14 states and regions.
As of August 8, 2015 [OCHA]
- More than 61,000 households are displaced/evacuated in the Ayeyarwady delta region and in Bago due to floods.
- Floods have severely damaged the rice harvest in Rakhine and contaminated water wells by salt water.
- An estimated 4.4 million people live in flood affected areas.
With over 2,400 schools shut, at least 250,000 children can’t continue learning
Save the Children: “Crops and seeds have been destroyed in the floods and that means that food will be in short supply over the coming weeks leading to fears that more children will be undernourished. As it stands, Myanmar is already one of the 24 high-burden countries with the largest number of stunted children. One-in-three children are stunted, and the food insecurity with these floods could exacerbate the situation.”
At least 100,000 children don’t have sufficient food and access to clean drinking water because of ruined crops and contaminated water wells in flood-affected Myanmar, Save the Children has warned.
More than 250,000 children are unable to attend school, with more than 2,400 schools closed due to flooding.
Crisis in Myanmar
- One million Rohingya in Myanmar and up to 500,000 Rohingya in Bangladesh are facing protracted crisis and dire living conditions, with restrictions on basic freedoms, access to healthcare and food assistance. [ACAPS]