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Torrential rains cause flooding in Myanmar

india Updated: Aug 11, 2006 15:09 IST
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Torrential rains have flooded parts of southeastern and central Myanmar, disrupting train services, inundating houses and roads and forcing many to flee their homes, state-run media reported on Friday.

No fatalities were reported. Heavy rains in southeastern Mon state on Wednesday submerged several roads under 1.8 meters to 2.1 meters (six to seven feet) of water, inundated five wards and a village and forced schools to close, the New Light of Myanmar reported.

The newspaper said rail services on the Yangon-Ye-Dawei route were temporarily cancelled because the line between Mudon township and Thanbyuzayat was flooded. Rail engineers are repairing the damage, it said.

Flooding in the country's second largest city, Mandalay, in central Myanmar, submerged houses and roads, and forced some schools to close, the paper said.

The report said flood victims have been evacuated, and police and civic groups are providing security, shelter and food. It did not give the number of people evacuated or any further details of the flood damage.