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Mountain water floods state in NE Myanmar after heavy rainfall

08-20-2012 12:29 BJT

YANGON, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- Mountain water, triggered by heavy rainfall, flew down speedily, flooding Lashio, a major town in Myanmar's northeastern Shan state Sunday, local media reported Monday.

Six wards in low-lying areas of Lashio were heavily flooded up to a depth of over one meter, collapsing houses and walls and sweeping away properties in 10 minutes after the mountain water fell at high momentum in the morning.

At least hundreds of households were affected according to initial report.

The casualties were so far unknown.

Highway bus transportation from Lashio to Yangon was suspended.

The severe mountain water flood is the first ever witnessed in Lashio, the report added.

The flood in Lashio is a follow-up in southwestern Ayeyawaddy region, especially in Pathein over the past week, in which 15 quarters were under water due to heavy rainfall.

At least 21,578 people from 4,666 households were affected in Pathein and Pyapon with 70,310 hectares of farmland in four areas of Ayeyawady region flooded, of which over 2,500 hectares destroyed.

Over the past two weeks, heavy rainfall also flooded Kayin state's Hpa-an township and Bago region's Bago township.



Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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