Cyclone Komen weakens, rains continue across Burma

Cyclone Komen weakens, rains continue across Burma

Cyclone Komen is forecast to weaken over the next 12 hours as it moves into northwestern Burma.

The orange-level cyclone is still predicted to cause heavy rainfall, strong winds of up to 60 miles per hour, flash flooding and landslides across most of the country, and sea vessels are encouraged to remain onshore.

Severe flooding over the past few weeks has affected between 67,000 and 110,000 people, according to UNHCR estimates, particularly in the Sagaing region and Kachin and Shan states.

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State-run media have also reported that more than 395,000 acres of farmland have been damaged by the floods, with flash flooding placing 116,500 acres entirely under water.

Maximum predicted wind speeds in Maungdaw District are expected to be between 40 to 60 mph and up to 40 mph in Sittwe. Occasional squalls and rough seas are also expected along the Burmese coast, with wind speeds reaching 40 mph.

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