Five dead and about 40,000 evacuated after heavy rains in Myanmar | Weather News

And in Myanmar, five people died after floods and landslides caused by monsoon rains. On Friday, authorities said nearly 40,000 people had to be evacuated.

The floods began in late July and affected nine states and regions from north to south of the country. Five people have died across the country in recent days, said Lai Shui Zhen Ou, a senior official at the ministry in charge of emergency relief. Some 37,000 people have already been evacuated to temporary camps and the number is expected to exceed 40,000 on Friday.

A landslide cut off a main road leading to a border town with Thailand in the central Karen state. According to the military council, it could take a month to build a temporary bridge. The images also show how the vast rural areas of Rakhine, in the west of the country, are submerged.

Myanmar experiences heavy rainfall around the same time every year and Cyclone Mocha hit it in May, killing around 148 people and destroying many homes. The United Nations has previously severely criticized the ruling military council since the February 2021 coup for its refusal to send international aid to the affected areas.

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