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Myanmar’s Army Uses Helicopters to Supply Food in Flood Zone


7Dnews London

Sun, 11 Aug 2019 17:59 GMT

Troops have been deployed to flood-hit parts of the country on Sunday August 11th, to help with relief efforts, after rising waters left thousands stranded, and the death toll from a landslide jumped to 51. AFP has reported.

As the rainy season reaches its peak, the country's armed forces are pitching in.

"Our regional military commands are working to help with the search and rescue process in disaster areas," Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun told AFP.

"Helicopters will be used to supply food."

"There are some casualties at nearby villages. But we can't reach those villages yet."

Every year monsoon rains hammer Myanmar and other countries across Southeast Asia, submerging homes, displacing residents and triggering landslides.

A fatal landfall occurred on Friday August 9th, in southeastern Mon state, and was followed by heavy flooding that reached the roofs of houses, and the tops of street signs in nearby towns.

Hundreds of emergency response workers were still pulling victims out of the muddy wreckage in Paung township, on Sunday August 11th.

"Three more dead bodies were found at 11:50 am. The total death toll has reached 51 people," the Myanmar fire services department said on its Facebook page.

Floodwaters have submerged more than 4,000 houses in the state, and displaced more than 25,000 residents, who have sought shelter in monasteries and pagodas, according to state-owned Global New Light of Myanmar.

Around 89,000 people have been displaced by floods in recent weeks, although many have since been able to return home, according to the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.