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July/August 2015

myanmar flood 2015 2-min

On 30 July, Cyclone Komen made landfall in Bangladesh bringing strong winds and additional heavy rains to Myanmar, which resulted in a significant expansion of monsoonal floodwaters. On 31 July, the President U Thein Sein declared Rakhine State, Chin State, Sagaing Region and Magway Region as natural disaster zones. The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement stated that flooding has affected residents in 11 of Myanmar’s 14 states and divisions.

As of 3 August, the Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement reported that over 1,000,000 people have been affected and 99 people have been killed across the affected states /regions. These figures are likely to rise in the coming days as more areas become accessible and more information becomes available.





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