Flood damage in as shown in this file photo. Rescue workers were scrambling to provide aid to tens of thousands left homeless in western Burma and neighboring Bangladesh after flash floods and landslides killed more than 100 people (AFP).
RANGOON, Burma – The military and humanitarian groups are aiding people in northwestern Burma, a Buddhist nation where days of flooding and landslides killed more than 60 people and affected 15,000 families, state media and the United Nations reported Monday. In Rakhine state, the torrential rains triggered floods and mudslides that washed away homes, damaged schools and bridges and caused 63 deaths, according to Monday's official count.
The government, United Nations and other humanitarian organizations have provided clothing, medicine, household utensils, food, and cash for the victims, state media and a U.N. press release said. Many of the flood victims were housed at schools and temporary shelters since the rains began June 13 and did not end until midweek.
The U.N. said up to 15,000 families were affected, while state media said only more than 2,000 people suffered from the flooding. Flooding is common in Asia during the monsoon season that typically starts in late May. Cyclone Nargis struck Burma in May 2008, leaving more than 140,000 people dead or missing. Source