Sittwe, 3 August 2015
The number of people died in Arakan flood is increasing and the latest data shows that Over 40 Arakanese have lost their lives due to the disaster.
Buthidaung township’s deputy administrator U Saw Tha Kyaw confirmed that 18 more bodies were found in his township who dead because of recent flood.
However, the locals claim that the number of casualties would be more as many people are still missing after the cyclone and flood.
An elderly villager from Mrikna village under Minbya township telephoned Narinjara News agency to inform that 10 members of a family were drowned in flood water when they tried to escape the tide by a small machine boat. Among them four were minors. Seven bodies were already recovered by the villagers.
Similarly nine people from Mrauk U, three from Maungdaw township, one each from Kyauk Taw and Ponna Kyunt were reportedly died due to the flood, which turned worst as the cyclone Komen and incessant rain added troubles to the rescue & relief operation in Arakan State.
Over 200000 people from 1000 villages were affected by the flood, where the worst-affected townships can be named as Mrauk U, Minbya, Kyauk Taw, Buthidaung, Rathidaung, Ponna Kyunt and Mraybon of the western Burma province.
Thousands of families were displaced from the villages, who are now taking shelter in highland pagodas, monasteries, schools etc. Even though there is no rain and little water on villages, the situation is yet to be improved for the villagers to return back homes.
According a government source, the flood water has destroyed over 70000 acres of farm land and killing more than 1000 cattle & buffalos.
Adding more chaos to the effected families, they are yet to be provide adequate relief items like food, water, cloth and medicines from the government due to poor condition of transportation. Many flood affected villagers are allegedly starving as they are not getting reliefs from the authority.