Over 6,000 people affected in Myanmar due to floods

Nearly 6,000 people residing in Myanmar's Rakhine state have been badly affected by heavy rains

Over 6,000 people affected in Myanmar due to floods

Severe flooding has hit Myanmar's Rakhine state, affecting over 6,000 people since Tuesday, officials said . Triggered by torrential rain, two river banks of Laymyo and Kaladan bursted, affecting 64 wards and villages in Kyauktaw, Mrauk-U, Myebon and Minbya townships, Xinhua news agency reported.

People residing in the low-lying areas were evacuated to higher grounds and sheltered at monasteries.

Tide level started to rise on Monday with increased heavy rain pushing the rivers to burst, submerging the areas.

A total of 204 high and middle schools were under water, causing traffic delay on Yangon-Sittway highway.

The flooding in Rakhine state has also ruined many shrimp ponds, destroying the fences protecting the ponds, other reports said.

In Minbya alone, 2,935 hectares of shrimp farms or 99 per cent of them have been flooded, devastating the shrimp industry with loss beyond estimation.