Myanmar flood death toll tops 100

The death toll from severe flooding across Myanmar has topped 100, state media have reported, with nearly 1 million people affected as fears intensify for the country’s crucial rice bowl region.  Floods from a heavy monsoon season have cut through South and Southeast Asia in recent ...

Rakhine, delta brace for more bad weather

Western Myanmar is bracing itself for more foul weather as the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology yesterday forecast additional rain along the southern Rakhine coast and Ayeyarwady Region.  The department forecast heavy rain in northwest Myanmar and southern Ayeyarwady Region until 14 August. Keep reading ...

Rice destined for Myanmar's flood-hit areas

A local trading firm has donated 85 bags of rice valued at K2 million to Myanmar Red Cross Society for distribution to families affected by recent flooding. Lucky Family Trading handed over the rice on 8 August at MRCS headquarters in Botahtaung township.  Keep reading ...

Flood-hit Myanmar farmers fear loan losses

As floodwaters recede from parts of Myanmar’s Magwe Region, farmers are facing new problems – paying back loans they took out before the growing season. Such loans from the state-run Myanmar Agricultural Development Bank are usually repaid from the proceeds of the crop. But in ...

Myanmar flooding affects one million

Nearly one million people have now been affected by widespread flooding across Myanmar since June, officials say. The government says up to 100 people have died and 1.2 million acres of rice fields have been destroyed. Keep reading ...

Myanmar and the politics of disaster

Myanmar has endured more than its fair share of human-made disasters. Almost everywhere you look there is evidence of the long-term consequences of official mismanagement, civil disorder and economic malaise.  Those who suffered through the difficult decades of military rule remember the suffocation that comes with ...

Myanmar flood relief donor drowns

A woman from Myanmar’s Sagaing Region drowned while trying to bring supplies to relatives in a flood-ravaged town on 7 August, according to local officials. Ma Ye Ye Tun, 25, was ferrying donations with three other women from Kama village when their boat capsized, U Soe ...

Singapore programme helps Thai flood victims overcome trauma

Over the past three years, an international collaboration facilitated by the Singapore Institute of Mental Health has improved the capacity of mental health workers in China, Indonesia and Thailand to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). One PTSD sufferer was 60-year old Nucharee, a farmer and ...

Governor orders assistance for Phuket flood victims

Residents at Nai Yang are stacking sandbags around their homes amid fears that floodwaters that have yet to subside from torrential downpours over the weekend will rise even further with more rain forecast for Phuket in the coming days. The Nai Yang community was awash with ...

Thai border community donates aid worth 750 million Kyat to Burma’s flood victims

Thai people from Thailand’s border province of Tak, have donated aid worth 750 million kyat in relief items through the Mae Sot-Myawaddy border crossing in Karen State for the people affected by the severe flooding throughout Burma. Mr Sumchai Katiyasanti, governor of Tak province, said all ...

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