More than 280,000 acres of sowed land flooded in Rakhine State

More than 280,000 acres of sowed land have been flooded by the heavy rains of Cyclone Komen, according to preliminary studies conducted by the Land Records Department.

More than 30 people are reported to have been killed by the storm, but the number of cattle deaths remains unknown, according to social organisations and volunteer groups.

“The temporary list of the Rakhine State government reported the deaths of only 18 people,” said Rakhine State Chief Minister Maung Maung at a ceremony to present cash donations to the flood victims.

“The Free Funeral Service Society began sending relief on August 3, including rice, edible oil, salt, medicines and cooking tools. Four trucks carrying emergency supplies were deployed to the affected areas. Relief supplies will be transported to Minbya by boat tomorrow. The need [for aid] is great,” said a member of the Free Funeral Service Society.

The Rakhine State government, social organisations and political parties are also providing assistance to flood victims. The Rakhine National Party is now planning to send relief supplies.

Almost all of the farmland in Maungdaw District has been flooded. In Buthidaung, more than half of the total 70,000 acres of farmland are flooded.

“There are more than 70,000 acres of farmlands in Buthidaung Township. Much of it has already been sown. Now, almost all the paddy fields have been flooded. More than 15,000 acres of farmland have been damaged by the floods. The list of damages is still being compiled,” said Than Shwe, the administrator of the Buthidaung Township Administration Department.

“The warehouse with strain seeds was damaged by the storm, and all of the new seeds were also damaged. We have no strain seeds to be distributed to the farmers,” said Aung Khin Nyein, a staff officer from the Buthidaung agricultural department.

“Plans are underway to distribute paddy strains to the farmers as soon as possible. The damage list is being still compiled,” said Mya Aung, the minister for national planning and economic development of Rakhine State.

“Maungdaw has more than 70,000 acres of farmland. More than 1,900 acres of farmland have been damaged in 13 villages. We are compiling the damage list by visiting the fields,” said Thein Wai, a staff officer from the Maungdaw agriculture department.