Saturday, August 16, 2008

S.E. Asia flooding hits cyclone-weary Burma

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Severe flooding triggered by torrential rains has struck areas of Myanmar still recovering from Cyclone Nargis ["Daffodil"], which killed more than 84,000 people, a state-run newspaper said Saturday.

Flooding has also hit parts of Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand. In Laos, at least four people died of injuries in landslides triggered by flooding after levels in the Mekong River reached record highs.

In Burma, the floods hit areas of Yangon and the Irrawaddy delta, where Cyclone Nargis left a swath of devastation in May, as well as other regions of the country, the Myanma Ahlin newspaper said. No casualties were reported.

Residents fled homes, schools closed, and rice fields were submerged in regions ranging from Karen and Mon states in the southeast to Mandalay in central Burma. The water quickly receded, and damage to rice fields was not reported, the newspaper said.

In Laos, Foreign Ministry spokesman Yong Chanthalansy said Friday that four people died outside the capital, Vientiane, after being injured in landslides triggered by the flooding. The state news agency KPL said one of the dead was a child.

Speaking by telephone from Vientiane, Yong said that there were reports that the flooding was receding Friday after water levels in the Mekong had reached 44.8 feet, beating the previous record high of 40.61 feet in 1966.

The flooding also cut electricity in some parts of the old royal capital of Luang Prabang, a popular tourist destination, the Web site reported. It added that the main road between Vientiane and Luang Prabang had been cut off by a landslide.

Thailand's national news agency said areas of three northeastern provinces bordering the Mekong River and Laos were badly affected, with flooding causing damage to dikes and thousands of acres of farmland.

In Nong Khai province, more than 1,000 houses were flooded, with some villagers evacuating. Two hospitals were hit and patients and medical supplies were moved to higher ground, the Thai News Agency said. Some 128,000 people in Nakhon Phanom province were also affected, the agency added.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We need to start calling it Climate Destabilization instead of Global Warming.