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Areas of Burma Still Under Water Following Heavy Rains

Burma
May 08, 2007
Many areas of Burma were hard hit by flooding after torrential rains struck the country over the weekend. “About 600 homes in Pegu are under water from rains that began on Friday.” Food and other supplies are scarce. “People are suffering from a lack of food and no living accommodations. So far authorities have done little to help.” Some 8.94 inches of rain were recorded in Pegu on May 6. It is the MOST RAIN RECORDED OVER A 24-HOUR PERIOD IN THE MONTH OF MAY IN 42 YEARS in Burma. Rangoon has also reported flooding from heavy rain over the weekend, with hundreds of houses reported to have suffered damage, trees and telephone lines downed and damage to commercial buildings. At least five people were killed as a result of flooding in Rangoon. Burmese officials said that rain in the former capital from May 4-5 was the HEAVIEST IN AT LEAST FOUR DECADES. The 11.14 inches of rain that fell in Mingaladon in Rangoon was the HIGHEST IN 60 YEARS
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