Myanmar flash floods kill 100: Official

Last Updated: Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 16:13

Yangon: More than 100 people were killed in flash floods in central Myanmar caused by heavy storms this week, an official said on Sunday.

"So far, 35 dead bodies were found out of 106 missing people. The other 71 people are also believed to have been killed in the floods" on Thursday and Friday, a government official said on condition of anonymity.

"We haven`t found their bodies yet and are still searching."

He added that more than 2,000 houses were swept away by the mass of water that hit four towns in the Magway region, and some 6,000 homes were still flooded.

The official put the estimated damage from the disaster at around USD 1.7 million.

More than 1,500 people had sought refuge in two shelters in the flood-hit town of Pakokku, he added, and were visited by the military-dominated country`s second vice-president Sai Mauk Kham this morning.

State media reported earlier this week that roads, bridges and buildings had been damaged by strong winds and heavy rains in some parts of the country.

Southeast Asia has been battered by particularly severe monsoon rains this year.

According to the United Nations, more than 700 people have been killed across Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and the Philippines, and eight million have been affected.

Thailand has been particularly severely hit, with more than 350 people dead and Bangkok on alert for flooding.


First Published: Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 16:13
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