Friday, June 29, 2012

Floods hit western Rakhine State

Friday, 29 June 2012 14:21 Mizzima News

Areas of three townships in Burma’s western Rakhine state, the site of dozens of camps for displaced persons, were flooded due to heavy rainfall over the last two days, local media reported on Friday.

The flooding hit Buthidaung, Maungtaw and Kyauktaw townships and destroyed dozens of houses of local residents.

The flood has forced local residents to evacuate to temporary shelters set up on high land. A landslide on May Yu mountain range road in Buthidaung and Maungtaw brought about a halt to transportation, the report said.

Meanwhile, a small tornado swept over a village in Ponagyun Township, destroying 15 houses and leaving 89 people homeless.

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