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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.

Crime rises after amnesty

A man who was released from prison on July 30 in one of President Thein Sein’s several amnesties was arrested for theft in Meiktila, Mandalay Region, the following day, according to the local force.

Following a tip, the police investigated the sale of an allegedly stolen motorbike on July 31. The man, age 27, was found to have stolen the motorbike from a house in Yadanamanaung Ward at 2pm on July 31. The Meiktila Township Police Force has filed a suit against him under section 380/54 of the Penal Code. He was found to have an existing criminal record.

Suu Kyi and Jolie meet squatters, women’s groups

National League for Democracy Aung San Suu Kyi and actress Angelina Jolie visited squatter huts and women’s hostels in Hlaingthaya Township, Yangon, and asked the women about their occupation, wages, education and whether they were registered to vote.

After visiting the Kantkaw and Hlaing Htate Htarr hostels, they met squatters in Mingyi Mahar Minkhaung Street and workers from a clothing factory in Mandalay Street, according to a NLD statement.

Sagaing farming woes deepen

The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation has reported that Cyclone Komen has damaged most crops in Sagaing Region.

“In Mandalay Region, more than 24,000 acres have been damaged but more than 190,000 acres in Sagaing Region are flooded, of which over 18,000 acres have been destroyed,” said a ministry spokesman.

He claimed the ministry would assist with the re-cultivation of ruined land and provide assistance.

Flood situations worsen across Myanmar

The flood situations across Myanmar including Sagaing Region’s Kalaymyo and Pwintbyu and Sidoktaya Townships have worsened, according to reports received from local residents yesterday.

These areas still need relief efforts and local residents are facing many difficulties. Heavy rain has trigged flood, collapse of bridges, landslides, and loss of human lives across the country including Sagaing Region since July 16. 

River levels far above danger levels

The level of Ayeyawady, Chindwin and other rivers have exceeded warning levels by up to 143cm with no change due for around three days, according to the Meteorology and Hydrology Department.

The Ayeyawady reached its warning level in Hinthada on July 31 and is now 10cm above that level. 

The Chindwin rose to its warning level in Kalewa on July 29 and went on to exceed the limit by 143cm.

Over 1,000 flood victims in Maungdaw camps

Maungdaw – Power cables have fallen and some low-lying areas of Maungdaw, Rakhine State, have been submerged since Cyclone Komen hit Myanmar.

“Temporary relief camps have opened in monasteries and Arabic schools in Maungdaw. More than 400 people are staying there now. People are coming all the time. Roofs of some houses are damaged but there was no serious damage,” said Hla Myint, Maungdaw township administrator.

Flooded zones named disaster areas

The President’s Office has named Sagaing and Magway regions and Chin and Rakhine states disaster areas.

Floods and landslides due to incessant rains in June and July led the government, under the Natural Disaster Management Law, to name them disaster areas and highlight the need for restoration, it said.

400,000 acres of farmland under water

The Ministry of Agricultural and Irrigation says it is planning to re-cultivate paddy fields damaged by Cyclone Komen.

Up to July 30, incessant rain has left 395,700 acres of farmland under water. 

The ministry is planning to distribute fast-growing rice strains to farmers and use its tractors to clear damage and plough land after the water recedes. 

"You are respectfully requested to make donations for flood victims"

"You are respectfully requested to make donations for flood victims"

Eleven Media Group

1. You are respectfully requested to make donations for flood victims facing difficult living conditions across Myanmar.

2. EMG will initially donate Ks 20 millions and Zaw Zaw of Max Myanmar Group of Companies Ks 200 millions for the victims.

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