FROM THE DVB NEWSROOM
Record-breaking rainfall in Mon State has killed at least four people, including three children, in Mawlamyine and Paung townships since July 17. Another two were injured. “The rainfall has increased, and the sea level has risen again. Rivers and mountain water are rising, and we are suffering from flooding,” said a Mawlamyine resident.
One thousand people have been evacuated to four temporary shelters in the Mon State capital. Some residents of Paung, Mudon, and Thanbyuzayat townships were also evacuated. Two were injured when a building collapsed in Mawlamyine. Property damage was reported. “People were killed and injured, and landslides have occurred,” said another Mawlamyine resident.
The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology stated that on July 19 Mawlamyine received a new record of 22.75 inches of rainfall, surpassing the previous record of 11.85 inches on July 27, 2021. Warnings have been made for residents to be alert for floods and potential landslides. No emergency response plan has been announced by the military regime.