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FOOTAGE BY SAW NANG
More than 2,000 residents of Kale in Sagaing division have been evacuated in what is said to be the worst flooding for 20 years.
The government administrator of Kale, Aye Naing, told DVB that 591 families from four wards and three villages in the town were evacuated to safety, after local rivers overflowed following heavy rains.
“The water started coming down from the Chin Hills on 29 September overflowing local waterways. Five hundred and ninety-one families were affected by the flooding and they are now being sheltered at flood relief camps set up in local schools and monasteries,” said Aye Naing.
He went on to say that some houses had been swept away by the fierce current but that the full extent of the destruction was still unknown.
The areas affected are: Aungmyinthar, Aungmingalar, Mingalar-U and Thaungpinthar wards, and Pyinthar, Taungpu and Hpaungku villages.
Five local bridges were destroyed by the flood water: Nanwin Creek bridge, Paungku bridge, Segyichaung bridge, Nantagar bridge and Nanmyaung. Farmlands in the area were also inundated and are likely to be destroyed if the situation persists.
Aye Naing said the flood victims were being provided relief by local government bodies, as well as civic and charity groups.