Floods hit Myanmar (with photos)

Floods hit Myanmar (with photos)

In Myanmar, 200,000 people hit by floods as flood waters sweep into villages, swamping homes & fields. UN says full extent of damage not known yet due to poor communications & infrastructure in the poor country.

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (centre) rides a boat as she leaves after visiting a monastery where flood victims are sheltered in Bago, 80 kilometres northeast of Yangon, Myanmar. A report issued Saturday by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs cited Myanmar disaster officials estimate 200,000 people have been affected by flooding. (SOURCE: AP)

FLOODS

Myanmar rescuers race to flood zones, 46 dead

3/08/2015
AFP News agency

KALAY (MYANMAR) - Rescue workers in Myanmar raced on Monday to help tens of thousands of people in remote areas enduring rooftop high floods, as the death toll climbed to at least 46.

Relentless monsoon rains have triggered flash floods and landslides, destroying thousands of houses, farmland, bridges and roads -- with fast-flowing waters hampering relief efforts.

An aerial view shows floodwaters inundating houses and vegetation in Kalay, upper Myanmar's Sagaing region, on August 2, 2015. The toll from flash floods and landslides in Myanmar after days of torrential rain is likely to spike, the UN warned August 2, as monsoonal downpours brought misery to thousands across the region. AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THU


Hundreds have also perished in recent days in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam following floods and landslides triggered by heavy seasonal rains.

In Myanmar, "46 people have died and more than 200,000 have been affected by the floods across the country", an official at the Relief and Resettlement Department told AFP.

"We are speeding up assistance and relief work," said the official, who asked not to be named.

Flood-affected residents rest at an evacuation camp in Kalay, upper Myanmar's Sagaing region, on August 3, 2015. Monsoon rains have claimed the lives of hundreds of people across Asia, authorities said August 3, as rescue workers scrambled to reach remote areas of India, Pakistan and Myanmar in the wake of flash floods and landslides. AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THU


Myanmar is a vast and poor country, where communications and infrastructure are already weak, prompting the United Nations to warn that a full picture of the scale of the disaster may not emerge for days. 

Authorities have declared the four worst-hit areas in central and western Myanmar "national disaster-affected regions".

In the impoverished northern Sagaing Region, residents said the flood waters caught them off-guard as floods swept into villages, swamping homes and fields.

"There was no warning... we thought it was normal (seasonal flooding)," Aye Myat Su, 30, told AFP from a monastery being used as a temporary shelter in the regional capital of Kalay. 

"But within a few hours, the whole house was underwater. My husband had to get onto the roof as there was no way out."

A military statue in front of Kalay city hall that is inundated with floodwater in Kalay, upper Myanmar's Sagaing region on August 3, 2015. Relentless monsoon rains have triggered flash floods and landslides, destroying thousands of houses, farmland, bridges and roads -- with fast-flowing waters hampering relief efforts. AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THU


Landslides in Chin State -- south of Sagaing -- have destroyed 700 homes in the state capital Haka, while more than 5,000 people in another district are in relief camps, the state-backed Global New Light of Myanmar reported on Monday.

President Thein Sein has promised the government will do its "utmost" to provide relief, but said parts of Chin State had been "cut off from surrounding areas", the report added.

Myanmar's Health Ministry says it is distributing medical supplies across the country including chlorine tablets, although it was unclear how it will reach many of the afflicted zones, with boats and helicopters in short supply.

Flood-affected residents (L) commute through floodwaters on a raft in Kalay, upper Myanmar's Sagaing region on August 3, 2015. Relentless monsoon rains have triggered flash floods and landslides, destroying thousands of houses, farmland, bridges and roads -- with fast-flowing waters hampering relief efforts. AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THU


Rains have also battered Rakhine State, which hosts about 140,000 displaced people, mainly Rohingya Muslims, who live in exposed makeshift coastal camps following deadly 2012 unrest between the minority group and Buddhists.

Elsewhere in the region, flooding has claimed the lives of more than 100 people in India, officials there said late on Sunday.

Another 109 have died in Pakistan over the past two weeks, according to authorities there.

Meanwhile in Vietnam rescuers were battling toxic mudslides from flood-hit coal mines in the northern province of Quang Ninh, home to the UNESCO-listed Halong Bay tourist site.

Seventeen people have been killed in recent flooding in Vietnam, including two families swallowed up by the toxic mud.

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Flood-affected residents rest at an evacuation camp in Kalay, upper Myanmar's Sagaing region, on August 3, 2015. Monsoon rains have claimed the lives of hundreds of people across Asia, authorities said August 3, as rescue workers scrambled to reach remote areas of India, Pakistan and Myanmar in the wake of flash floods and landslides. AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THU

An aerial view shows floodwaters inundating houses and vegetation in Kalay, upper Myanmar's Sagaing region, on August 3, 2015. Monsoon rains have claimed the lives of hundreds of people across Asia, authorities said August 3, as rescue workers scrambled to reach remote areas of India, Pakistan and Myanmar in the wake of flash floods and landslides. AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung TH

Flood-affected resident use a small boat to travel through floodwaters in Kalay, upper Myanmar's Sagaing region on August 3, 2015. Relentless monsoon rains have triggered flash floods and landslides, destroying thousands of houses, farmland, bridges and roads -- with fast-flowing waters hampering relief efforts. AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THU



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  • according to (prep): as stated or reported by somebody/something - ตามคำบอกเล่า, ตามรายงาน
  • affected (verb): having received an effect or influence - ถูกผลกระทบ, มีผลต่อ
  • afflict: to suffer from a serious problem or illness - กระทบ
  • assistance: help; aid - ความช่วยเหลือ
  • at least: the smallest amount possible, could be more than this - อย่างน้อย
  • authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • back: to support - สนับสนุน
  • battered: badly damaged - ที่ถูกทำลายยับเยิน
  • battling: fighting - ต่อสู้
  • capital: the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from - เมืองหลวง
  • caught them off-guard: surprised them; to make somebody feel surprised (a feeling caused by something happening suddenly or unexpectedly) - ทำให้ประหลาดใจ, ทำให้แปลกใจ, ทำให้ตื่นใจ
  • claim the life (exp.): to cause the death of someone - ทำให้ตาย
  • climb: go up, rise, ascend - ขึ้น
  • coastal: of an area of land beside the sea - แนวชายฝั่งทะเล
  • communications (noun): the process of sending information through television, radio, telephone signals and the internet - การสื่อสาร
  • deadly (adj): causing or likely to cause death - เป็นอันตรายถึงตายได้
  • death toll: the number of people killed - ยอดผู้เสียชีวิต
  • declare: to announce officially that something is true or happening - ประกาศ ยืนยัน
  • destroy (verb): to damage something so badly that it no longer exists, works, etc - ทำลาย
  • disaster: an unexpected event, such as a very bad accident, a flood or a fire, that kills a lot of people or causes a lot of damage - ภัยพิบัติ ความหายนะ
  • displaced: (of people or animals) forced to leave their home, especially because of war or a natural disaster - ซึ่งออกจากที่อยู่ไป, ซึ่งย้ายที่
  • distribute: to give something such as food, clothes or money to a group of people - แจกจ่าย
  • district (noun): an area of a country, town or province, especially one that has particular features - เขต, อำเภอ, บริเวณ, แขวง
  • effort: an attempt to do something - ความพยายาม
  • elsewhere: another place or other places - ที่อื่น
  • emerge: to become known - เป็นที่ประจักษ์ต่อ
  • endure: to suffer something difficult, unpleasant or painful - อดทน
  • exposed: not protected and in direct contact with something harmful - ได้รับสารผิด
  • flash flood: a flood that happens suddenly without warning - น้ำที่เกิดท่วมในที่ต่ำโดยฉับพลันทันทีและไหลลดลงอย่างรวดเร็ว
  • flood (noun): a large amount of water covering an area that is usually dry - น้ำท่วม
  • flowing: moving steadily and continuously in one direction - ที่ต่อเนื่อง, ที่ราบรื่น, ที่คล่อง
  • full picture: knowing everything about a situation -
  • hamper: to stop someone or something from making progress or developing; to hinder - ขัดขวาง, เป็นอุปสรรค
  • host: a person who invites guests to a meal, a party, etc. or who has people staying at their house - เจ้าบ้าน, เจ้าภาพ, เจ้าของบ้าน
  • impoverished: very poor - ยากจน
  • in short supply: having only a little of something available, not having enough of something - ปริมาณจำกัด
  • infrastructure: a set of systems within a place or organisation that affect how well it operates, e.g., the telephone and transport systems in a country or the system of train tracks that a railway uses - สาธารณูปโภค
  • landslide: a mass of rock and earth moving suddenly and quickly down a steep slope - แผ่นดินถล่ม
  • makeshift: using whatever is available and therefore not very good - สำหรับใช้ชั่วคราว, ใช้ประทังไปก่อน
  • meanwhile: at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน
  • medical: connected with illness and injury and their treatment - ทางการแพทย์, ด้านการแพทย์, เกี่ยวกับการแพทย์
  • mine: a deep hole or holes under the ground where minerals such as coal, gold, etc. are dug - เหมืองแร่
  • ministry: a government department that has a particular area of responsibility - กระทรวง
  • minority: of a part of a population that is different in race, religion or culture form most of the population - ชนกลุ่มน้อย
  • monastery: a building or series of buildings in which monks live, worship and work together - วัด, ที่อยู่อาศัยของพร
  • monsoon: the season of heavy rain during the summer in hot Asian countries - มรสุม
  • mud (noun): dirt mixed with water - โคลน
  • mudslide: a large amount of mud sliding down a mountain, often destroying buildings and injuring or killing people below - ทะเลโคลนที่มาจากภูเขาทำลายบ้านเรือนและผู้คน
  • national (adjective): for the whole country - แห่งชาติ, ของชาติ
  • normal (adj.): typical, usual or ordinary; what you would expect - ปกติ, ภาวะปกติ
  • official: someone with an important position in an organisation - เจ้าหน้าที่
  • officials: people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • perish : to die, usually in a sudden way - ตาย, ตายอนาถ
  • promise (verb): to say that you will do something for sure; to commit that you'll do something for certain - สัญญา
  • prompting: causing - ก่อให้เกิด
  • province: one of many divisions of the government of a country into smaller parts - จังหวัด
  • race: move or travel quickly to a place, to urgently go to a place -
  • recent: happening or starting a short time ago - เร็วๆ นี้
  • region: a large area of land or space, usually without exact limits or borders - ภูมิภาค, ขอบเขต, แถบ, บริเวณ
  • regional: of or relating to a region - เกี่ยวกับภูมิภาค
  • relentless: never seeming to stop - ซึ่งไม่หยุด, ซึ่งไม่ยอมผ่อนผัน
  • relief: money, food, medicine etc. that is given to help people in places where there has been a natural disaster, war, etc. - เครื่องบรรเทาสาธารณภัย
  • remote: far away from other cities, towns, or people - ที่ห่างไกล 
  • rescue worker: a person who save someone from a dangerous or unpleasant situation - ผู้ช่วยชีวิต
  • rescuer: a person who saves someone from a dangerous or unpleasant situation - ผู้ช่วยชีวิต
  • resident: a person who lives in a particular area - ผู้ที่อาศัยในท้องที่
  • roof (noun): the structure that covers or forms the top of a building or vehicle - หลังคา
  • rooftop: the outside surface of the roof of a building - หลังคา
  • scale: the size or extent of something, especially when compared with something else - ขนาด, ระดับ
  • seasonal: typical of or suitable for the time of year - ตามฤดูกาล
  • shelter: a place where people are protected from danger or bad weather; a temporary place to stay - ที่หลบภัย  ที่พักชั่วคราว
  • site: a place where something is located - สถานที่
  • speed up (verb): make go faster -
  • state: country - ประเทศ
  • state: government - รัฐ
  • supply (noun): an amount or quantity of something that is available to buy or use - อุปทาน
  • surrounding: all around a place - บริเวณรอบๆ
  • swallow: to take somebody/something in or completely cover it so that they cannot be seen or no longer exist separately - ท่วมท้น, ดูดกลืน
  • swamp: to cover a place or thing with a large amount of water - ทำให้ท่วม, ทำให้จมอยู่ในน้ำ
  • swept (past form sweep): to move or spread quickly through an area; to move something or someone with powerful force - เคลื่อนไปอย่างรวดเร็ว, พัดพาเอาไป
  • tablet: a small round solid piece of medicine or other substance that you swallow - ยาเม็ดแบน
  • temporary: done or used for only a limited period of time, i.e., not permanent - ชั่วคราว
  • toxic: poisonous and harmful to people, animals or the environment - เป็นพิษ
  • trigger: to cause - ก่อให้เกิด กระตุ้น
  • unclear (adjective): not clear and easy to understand -
  • unrest: angry or violent behaviour by people who are protesting or fighting against something - สถานการณ์ที่ไม่สงบ
  • utmost: as much as possible: used for emphasizing a quality or feeling - สุดขีด, อย่างมาก
  • vast: extremely large in area, size, amount, etc. - กว้างใหญ่, มหาศาล
  • warn: to make someone aware of a possible problem or danger - เตือน
  • warning: an action or statement telling someone of a possible problem or danger - การเตือน
  • zone: an area that has an important or typical feature; an area where a particular activity is allowed or not allowed - พื้นที่, บริเวณ, เขต
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