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Tens of thousands homeless in Myammar floods

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ATHOK, Myanmar -- Tens of thousands of people have been made homeless in Myanmar's Ayeyawaddy River delta after unusually heavy rains triggered floods in this low-lying region, local officials said Monday.

State media in military-ruled Myanmar have made little mention of the floods, but local officials and residents said that at least 18 villages are under water.

About 10,000 homes have been hit by the floods, according to local officials and residents.

Eight schools have been closed and about 40,000 acres of rice paddies were destroyed, according to an agriculture department official.

In the village of Athok, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) west of the nation's economic hub Yangon, residents are living on bamboo scaffolding built near their homes to try to stay above the water.

"The whole village has been flooded for about a week. Other nearby villages have also flooded," an Athok village official told Agence France-Presse, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

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