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Thousands displaced in Myanmar due to floods

Over 1,200 households and over 5,000 persons are already suffering from the floods. Medicine, food and aid are needed for their health.

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  • Over 1,200 households and over 5,000 persons are already suffering from the floods. Medicine, food and aid are needed for their health
  • Scores of people affected by the floods in Mandalay and elsewhere in the country have also been relocated to temporary accommodation
  • Rescue efforts continued to limit the damage caused after heavy rains raised the water level of the Irrawaddy River which had passed the danger mark, flooding 16 of 24 villages in Mandalay’s Amarapura township, Efe news reported

Thousands of persons were affected by flooding in Myanmar’s Mandalay region, with many temporarily displaced from their homes, rescue officials said on Wednesday.

Thousands displaced in Myanmar due to floods. Image Source: www.asianews.it
Thousands displaced in Myanmar due to floods. Image Source: www.asianews.it

Rescue efforts continued to limit the damage caused after heavy rains raised the water level of the Irrawaddy River which had passed the danger mark, flooding 16 of 24 villages in Mandalay’s Amarapura township, Efe news reported.

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“Over 1,200 households and over 5,000 persons are already suffering from the floods. Medicine, food and aid are needed for their health,” an official said.

Over 1,200 households are suffering from floods. Image Source: www.plan.org.hk
Over 1,200 households are suffering from floods. Image Source: www.plan.org.hk

Scores of people affected by the floods in Mandalay and elsewhere in the country have also been relocated to temporary accommodation.

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According to data from the Department of Relief and Resettlement, nearly 1,00,000 persons across five regions and one state were relocated because of the flooding. (IANS)

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U.S.A: Myanmar’s Military Campaign Against Rohingya Muslims a ‘Mass Genocide’

Lawyers for the reporters said their clients were set up and have appealed their sentences and convictions.

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The U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution by a vote of 394-1 Thursday, declaring Myanmar’s military campaign against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority a genocide.

A United Nations report released in August said the military carried out mass killings and gang rapes with “genocidal intent” and also definitively called for Myanmar officials to face genocide charges for the first time.

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Myanmar’s military has denied previous accusations it had committed genocide, maintaining its actions were part of an anti-terrorism campaign.

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The atrocities have prompted the U.N. and a number of political and human rights leaders to question the southeast Asian country’s progress toward democracy.

The Burma Task Force, a coalition of U.S. and Canadian Muslim organizations, applauded the genocide designation.

“The House of Representatives has now officially adopted the position that the ongoing policies of mass violence and displacement against the Rohingya by the Myanmar government constitute genocide, bringing the U.S. closer to the emerging international consensus on the issue.

The U.S. State Department usually makes such official designations but has not used the term genocide to describe the military’s atrocities against the Rohingya.

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Rohingya refugee children shout slogans during a protest against the repatriation process at Unchiprang refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, in Bangladesh. VOA

The House resolution also called on the Myanmar government to release Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were jailed one year ago.

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They were sentenced in September to seven years in prison for violating the country’s colonial-era Secrets Act. Lawyers for the reporters said their clients were set up and have appealed their sentences and convictions.

The Myanmar embassy in Washington did not immediately comment on the House vote. (VOA)