Sittwe, 2 August2015
The latest wave of flood in Arakan State in western Burma has compelled thousands families to leave their villages for safer places, when 18 people died because of the disaster.
According to U Tin Maung Swe, chief administer of Arakan government, the evacuation of thousands of Arakanese people from their residences was already completed.
He also added that the victims include nine persons from Minbya township, four from Mrauk U township, three from Maungdaw township, one each from Ponna Kyaunt and Kyauk Taw township.
However, the locals claim that the number of deceased would be much higher that the government data.
The victims died after the flood water inundated their villages as a result of heavy rain with the cyclone Komen that crossed Arakan’s northern coast on 29 & 30 July.
The evacuated 33848 people from 9 townships are now taking shelter in 53 temporary relief camps which are opened at various schools, monasteries and temples, he added.
However, because of incessant rain and bad transportation in rural areas, the reliefs are yet to be made available across the State.
“We are trying our best to dispatch the reliefs to all affected townships by the machine boats, but the current of river water remains very high and in some occasions the wood-logs are also floating on the water, which can be dangerous for the relief & rescue team. So we are preparing to send the reliefs by Army choppers too,” informed U Tin Maung Swe.
Government reports suggest that over 100000 people are now facing the shortage of drinking water, food and medicines in Arakan.