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India and Myanmar hit by severe flooding

Extreme rainfall, exacerbated by Cyclone Komen, has caused severe flooding in India, Myanmar and other neighboring countries. As of August 6, the flooding has contributed to more than 160 deaths in India and affected over 8 million people. In Myanmar, over 215,000 people have been affected.

The serious flooding has caused mudslides and landslides, and destroyed numerous houses, roads, bridges and fields. In India, West Bengal remains as the most affected state, with over 210,000 forced to abandon their homes to stay at relief camps. More than 510,000 hectares of crops were destroyed. With most farmers unable to harvest this December, food insecurity will become a major problem for many families.

In Myanmar, the government has announced Chin State, Rakhine State, Saging Region and Magway Region in a state of emergency. As the heavy rain continues, aid workers will find it difficult to reach those affected. Many regions can only be reached by helicopter for the moment. World Vision Myanmar says that over the next two weeks, affected people will struggle with food access.

In the village of Amatya, West Bengal, Raini Mashi carried her 5-year-old son Dev and said, "We lost everything. My son is having a fever since yesterday. The medical team has not have time to treat him yet. I am very worried about his health." Without clean water and medical supply, many children in Amatya are suffering from diarrhea.

World Vision has initiated emergency response in India and Myanmar. As of August 6, World Vision has distributed tarpaulin, blankets, buckets and other items for 1,512 households affected by the landslide in Darjeeling, India; in Bardhman, about 80 households have received food.

In Myanmar, World Vision has provided 1,583,054 water purification sachets in the most affected areas, including Rakhine State, Saging Region, Magway Region, Bago Region and Ayeyarwady Region.


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