Myanmar floods: UN says death toll 'to rise'
The death toll from floods in Myanmar is expected to rise over the
coming days, the United Nations has warned.
Four western regions have been declared disaster zones after heavy
floods, caused by monsoon rains, left at least 27 people dead.
But rescue teams have not yet reached many areas and are still awaiting
reports on the worst-hit regions.
In the neighbouring eastern Indian state of Manipur, a landslide buried
a village, killing at least 21 people.
Heavy rains are normal in monsoon season, but many people in Myanmar -
also known as Burma - told the BBC that the rains were particularly
strong in recent weeks.
Wind and rain from Cyclone Komen added to damage.
On Sunday, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
said some 156,000 people were affected by the floods in 12 districts but
the total could be "significantly higher".
The UN also said:
-- there was "extensive damage" to camps housing 100,000 Rohingya
Muslims in Rakhine state
-- the city of Kalay, with 400,000 people, is accessible only by air
-- at least 100 houses were destroyed by landslides in Chin state
-- Haka town in Chin state, with a population of 40,000, is inaccessible
by road due to landslides
On Saturday, Mg Mg Khin from Myanmar's Red Cross told the BBC the
country was facing "a big disaster".
Heavy rains are expected in many states, including Chin, Rakhine and
Magwe, over the next two days, forecasters say.
Thousands of people are sheltering in Buddhist monasteries, but one
report said people from the Rohingya Muslim minority were turned away
from some shelters.
The Burma Times said security forces turned away Rohingya Muslims from
abandoned schools and community centres in Rakhine.
More than half a million acres of rice paddy fields have been flooded,
the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation said.
The landslide in Manipur state hit a remote village in Chandel district,
bordering Myanmar, early on Saturday.
Rescue teams are expected to reach the area only on Sunday because of
heavy rains and landslides, a local MP said.
Continuous rain in recent days has washed away bridges and roads and
left thousands homeless, India's NDTV reported.
Elsewhere, floods in Vietnam left at least 17 people dead and in western
Nepal, some 36 people were killed after torrential rain triggered
India floods kill more than 100
Heavy monsoon rains in India have killed more than 100 people in the
past week and forced tens of thousands of people to take shelter in
relief camps, India's home ministry has said.
A cyclone struck the state of West Bengal, killing 48 people in
flood-related incidents. More than 200,000 people have moved to relief
India regularly witnesses severe floods during the monsoon season.
In Myanmar (also known as Burma), floods have left at least 47 dead.
Wind and rain from Cyclone Komen added to damage in India in recent
Nearly four million people in 10,000 villages have been affected by the
floods in the worst-affected Indian state of West Bengal, the home
More than 200 medical teams using 120 boats have reached the flood-hit
areas in an effort to prevent the outbreak of water-borne diseases.
Another 28 flood-related deaths have been reported from northern
Rajasthan state. Rescue workers have evacuated nearly 10,000 people to
higher ground there.
Some four million people living in 14 districts in the western state of
Gujarat have been affected by floods after heavy rainfall in the last
At least five people have died in the eastern state of Orissa, where
more than 400,000 people are affected by the floods.
On Saturday, at least 20 people were killed after a landslide in the
north-eastern state of Manipur buried a while village.
India receives 80% of its annual rainfall during the monsoon between
June and September.
Meanwhile, incessant rain over several weeks has led to flooding and
landslides in much of Myanmar.
The refugee camps in Rakhine near the nation's capital Sitwe - which has
been declared a disaster zone - have been damaged. The UN said 140,000
people are living in the camps. Most are Rohingya Muslims.
Strong 7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Indonesia's Papua province
The quake hits 250km west of provincial capital Jayapura but geologists
say no threat of tsunami.
A powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake has struck the Indonesian province
of Papua, US geologists said Tuesday, although tsunami monitors said
there was no threat of dangerous waves.
The quake hit at 06.41 am (2141 GMT Monday), almost 250 kilometres (150
miles) west of the provincial capital Jayapura at a depth of 52 km, the
US Geological Survey said.
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The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat
of any tsunami waves from the quake, which occurred inland underneath
the Irian Jaya jungle.
The Earthquake-Report monitoring website said the area has “steep
mountain ranges and its vegetation is rainforest, which means that the
chance on dangerous landslides is real”.
Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” where tectonic plates
collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.