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Myanmar villages submerged by overflowing rivers

Thursday, August 06, 2015 - 01:11

Myanmar's president has urged residents in the southern delta region to head for higher ground as rivers reach dangerously high levels. Sean Carberry reports.

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STORY: Last week's heavy monsoon rains have washed away lives and crops across the Ayeyarwady Delta region. Floods have killed at least 80 people in the heavily populated southwestern region of the country. Tin Win is a farmer who can only watch his crops wash away. (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) FLOOD VICTIM, TIN WIN, SAYING: "The water has been rising everyday and has flooded everything. I don't know what is going on. This has never happened before. It rises 3-4 feet a day and is still rising." Htay Lwin is the head of a submerged village nearby. (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) HEAD OF A VILLAGE, HTAY LWIN, SAYING: "During previous floods, people could stay in their houses. They could use boats to go everywhere. This year is difficult for both the people and animals. We cannot feed them." The delta is the country's major rice producing hub. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, more than 100,000 acres of paddy in the delta region have been flooded. Nationwide, more than a million acres are under water. The government is appealing for international assistance....as the crisis grows.

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Myanmar villages submerged by overflowing rivers

Thursday, August 06, 2015 - 01:11