Rangoon (Mizzima) – Residents of three quarters and 18 villages in Kyaunggon Township in Irrawaddy Region need food, medicine and other aid, a military officer working in the area told Mizzima on Tuesday.
To date, officials have provided rice for about 13,000 flood victims from 3,300 households in three quarters in Kyaunggon. Flood victims from the 18 villages have not received any relief aid, officials said.
The water level of the Darka River, a tributary of the Ngawun River, started rising during the first week of July until it overflowed its banks. Flood victims have been living in camps since August 5.
Camps have been opened in Buddhist monasteries, schools and indoor stadiums. Only one high school in Kyaunggon remains open.
Local doctors have opened clinics in the relief camps and are trying to treat patients, said Dr. Ye Win of the Irrawaddy Region Health Department.
The Health Department has provided 300 toilet bowls, he said, but there is a real threat to health because of unhygienic conditions. All toilets in the affected area have been flooded and disease is a serious concern.
Assistance is also provided by the Pathein 7th Artillery, according to officials.
Only the roof of the No. 2 Market on Strand Road could be seen, residents said. Many vendors have moved to the front of the Kyaunggon indoor stadium.
Floods usually hit Kyaunggon each year, but this year’s flooding is more severe.
Myo Thida Lwin, 35, who is living in a relief camp, said, her house was inundated. “The water level rose knee-deep in my house,” she said.