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Myanmar floods deal major blow to country’s agriculture

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Staff writer ▼ | September 4, 2015
Myanmar floods
Disaster   Some 385,000 households have been displaced

Heavy storms, floods and landslides across Myanmar have dealt a major blow to the country's agriculture and are expected to severely limit the availability of food if aid is not provided to farmers swiftly, FAO warned.

Urgent support is needed to help farmers recover from a month of extreme monsoon weather, worsened by the arrival of Cyclone Komen at the end of July, that has affected more than 1.6 million people and inundated more than 1.4 million acres of farmland.

The deluge also destroyed some 972,000 acres of standing crops - most of all paddy rice - 36,000 acres of fish and shrimp ponds, and an estimated 20,000 head of cattle.

Twelve out of the country's 14 provinces are affected, with northern and western regions suffering the hardest blows.

Some 385,000 households have been displaced by the floods and landslides that destroyed thousands of homes, and irrigation canals.

Humanitarian agencies, meanwhile, are supporting the Government of Myanmar with critical supplies of food, shelter, sanitation and medical aid. But many UN agencies are reporting funding shortfalls that prevent them from responding to the best of their abilities.

Severe damage to roads, bridges and railways is making these ongoing relief and recovery efforts extra challenging.


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