Myanmar to build new homes for flood victims

12 August 2015
Myanmar to build new homes for flood victims
Heavy rains flood the rice fields in Kawlin Township, Sagaing Region on July 29, 2015. Photo: Hong Sar/Mizzima

Myanmar authorities have decided to build new homes for flood-hit victims as part of rehabilitation works in the country, officials said on Tuesday according to a report by the Business Standard on 11 August.
Nearly 1 million people have been affected by flooding, which has inundated more than 539,000 hectares of farmland, the agriculture and irrigation ministry said.
According to the latest report, rising river water is also threatening to inundate southwestern Ayeyarwady delta region, the country's rice bowl.
Residents in low-lying areas in the region have been urged to move to safer places as Ayeyawaddy and Ngawun Rivers remained above the danger level in some four townships namely Hinthada, Nyaungdon, Zalun and Seiktha.
The flood, triggered by heavy rainfall since June, has affected 13 regions and states, destroying houses, farmland, railway lines, bridges and roads.