UN says death toll ‘to rise’ in Myanmar flooding

03 August 2015
UN says death toll ‘to rise’ in Myanmar flooding
Myanmar President U Thein Sein visits at temporary refugee camp during meeting with the victims who fled from flooded area, Kalay township in Sagaing Region on August 2, 2015. Photo: President's Office

The death toll from floods in Myanmar is expected to rise over the coming days, the United Nations has warned, according to a BBC article on 2 August.
Four western regions have been declared disaster zones after heavy floods, caused by monsoon rains, have left at least 27 people dead.
But rescue teams have not yet reached many areas and are still awaiting reports on the worst-hit regions.
On Sunday, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said some 156,000 people were affected by the floods in 12 districts but the total could be "significantly higher.”
The UN also said that there was "extensive damage" to camps housing 100,000 Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state and the city of Kalay, with 400,000 people, is accessible only by air. In Chin State at least 100 houses were destroyed and Haka town, with a population of 40,000, is inaccessible by road due to landslides
Heavy rains are expected in many states, including Chin, Rakhine and Magwe, over the next two days, forecasters say.