Thousands Affected by Flooding in Myanmar
Since the start of June, heavy monsoon rains have been impacting Myanmar, and as of June 16, they continue to cause damaging floods in five states and regions of the country (UN Information Centre). According to reports (as of June 16), at least 26,000 people have been affected in the regions of Ayeyarwady, Bago, and Sagaing, as well as the states of Chin and Rakhine.
In Rakhine (also known as Arakan), heavy rainfall triggered a landslide on June 13 that cut off the Rangoon-Sittwe highway, a major commercial access road that had been recently rebuilt, stranding hundreds of cars and trucks (ReliefWeb). According to reports, heavy rains caused water levels to rise seven feet in Thandwe Township; and (as of June 14) 155 homes were destroyed by severe flooding in Ann Township (ReliefWeb, ECHO).
RVA Country Profile: Myanmar
This Week in Hazards
- A weather alert issued on June 6 for freezing temperatures was extended for parts of southern Peru, as temperatures continued to fall early this week (SENAMHI).
- Over the past week, much of Central America has received heavy and above-average rainfall, especially parts of Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and Nicaragua (CPC). According to the Climate Prediction Center, heavy rainfall is expected to continue next week, potentially exacerbating conditions in already over-saturated and flood-prone areas.
- Drought conditions continue to impact parts of Kenya and Tanzania, with the potential for recovery unlikely as suppressed rainfall is forecast to persist (CPC).
Current Hazard Warnings
Flood: Guatemala, Honduras, Myanmar, United States (Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma)
Drought: Micronesia, Melanesia, South/Southeast Asia, the Americas (United States, Peru), Africa (Tanzania, Kenya)
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