Burma Towns Hit by Heavy Flooding

Hundreds of Pegu Residents Affected by Floods

A woman drinks a Heineken beer while swimming through the floods on an inflated tire on Wednesday. Hundreds of residents of Pegu Town have been suffering from severe flooding in recent days following heavy downpours. (Photo: JPaing / The Irrawaddy)

A woman drinks a Heineken beer while swimming through the floods on an inflated tire on Wednesday. Hundreds of residents of Pegu Town have been suffering from severe flooding in recent days following heavy downpours. (Photo: JPaing / The Irrawaddy)

PEGU Town — The riverside town of Pegu has been affected by severe flooding after heavy downpours hit much of lower Burma in recent days, causing the Pegu River to swell and burst its banks.

Hundreds of residents of the town have seen their neighborhoods flood, forcing some to leave their homes and take shelter in local monasteries, while others have to wade through deep water or use boats to move around.

At least a dozen villages along the Pegu River and the nearby town of Tanatpin have also

been affected by serious flooding.

Authorities have warned that the Pegu, Sittaung and Salween rivers are likely to remain dangerously high until Friday and could cause further flooding in Pegu, Mon and Karen states.

In northern Mon State, roads were inundated with two feet of water on Wednesday, bringing traffic from Mon State to the rest of the country to a halt.


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