Mawlamyine, 9 August

Tens of thousands of acres of rainfed rice may be damaged in four townships of Mon State as a result of heavy downpours and floods, farmers told Than Lwin Times.

Since the final week of July, the townships of Belin, Kyaikto, and Thaton in Mon State have been inundated by rain, and the Belin River has burst its banks and reached danger level.

As the flooding continues until August 8, there is a risk of damage due to the submergence of rainfed rice.

Farmers reported that more than 30,000 acres of rainfed rice fields in Belin Township and some rainfed rice acres in Kyaikto and Thaton Townships could be damaged by floods.

Continuous rains in Kyaikmaraw Township since August 7 have inundated and submerged almost 10,000 acres of rice.

Every year, more than 600,000 acres of rainfed rice are grown in Mon State, and the 2019 flood weakened almost 100,000 acres of rice.

Heavy rains triggered floods in Mon State, devastating several inter-village routes and causing the temporary closure of at least 50 schools.

According to social rescue organizations, over 20,000 flood victims have been urgently evacuated to schools, monasteries, and temporary relief camps.

News-Than Lwin Times


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