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kk    Myanmar (Burma)   

Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country's largest city, is home to bustling markets, numerous parks and lakes, and the towering, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, which contains Buddhist relics and dates to the 6th century. ― Google

Capital: Naypyidaw

Population: 54.41 million (2020) World Bank

Continent: Asia

Currency: Myanmar kyat

Official language: Burmese

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Heavy rainfall has relentlessly battered southern Myanmar since August 3, resulting in widespread flooding, casualties, and substantial damage to the region. The continuous deluge has led to significant human displacement and infrastructural devastation.

Reports from local media indicate that, as of August 7, the situation remains dire. Mon State, one of the most severely affected areas, has witnessed a staggering number of people temporarily displaced. Specifically, 6,298 individuals in Belin town, located in northern Mon State, have been forced to flee their homes due to rising floodwaters. Furthermore, in Thaton town, situated in the north-eastern part of Mon State, nearly 200 people have been similarly displaced as a consequence of the ongoing flooding crisis.

The neighboring Kayin State has not been spared from the devastating effects of the heavy rainfall. In Myawaddy town, a total of 792 residents have been evacuated to shelters, seeking safety from the inundated surroundings. Similarly, Hpa-an town in Kayin State has seen the displacement of 300 individuals who have also sought refuge in emergency shelters.

The immediate forecast offers little respite, as meteorological predictions indicate that the next 24 hours will bring moderate to heavy rainfall across the majority of the country. Particularly concerning is the impending very heavy rainfall expected to afflict northern Myanmar. As a result, the already precarious flooding situation may exacerbate, posing further threats to life, property, and infrastructure.

The authorities and relief organizations remain on high alert, working tirelessly to manage the escalating crisis and provide assistance to those affected by the floods. The focus now lies on minimizing further damage, preventing additional casualties, and ensuring the safety and well-being of the displaced population.

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