Keep a close watch on weather updates and warnings in rainy season

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The pre-monsoon rain by 3 June saw some floods and destruction on the roads. The monsoon has not even started, but a number of flash floods were seen in several areas due to the torrential rainfall.
In 2015, heavy rains caused floods and landslides in several parts of Myanmar after June, which is the beginning of the rainy season. On 30 July, Cyclone Komen made a landfall in Bangladesh, bringing strong winds and additional heavy rain showers to the country, which resulted in widespread flooding across 12 of the country’s 14 states and regions (Ayeyarwady, Bago, Chin, Kachin, Kayin, Magway, Mandalay, Mon, Rakhine, Sagaing, Shan, Yangon). On 31 July, Myanmar declared Chin and Rakhine states, and the Magway and Sagaing regions as natural disaster zones.
According to the National Natural Disaster Management Committee (NNDMC), 125 people were killed, and some 1.7 million people were temporarily displaced by floods and landslides.
The NNDMC identified Haka in Chin State, Kalay in the Sagaing Region, Pwintbyu in the Magway Region, and Minbya and Mrauk-U in Rakhine State as the five most affected townships, where a total of 229,600 people were affected by the floods. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, more than 1.1 million acres of farmlands were inundated, with more than 872,000 acres destroyed, as of 4 October. So far, 495,000 acres have since been re-cultivated. Damage to crops and arable land will disrupt the planting season and pose a risk to long-term food security.
The increased occurrences of natural disasters have great destructive impacts. The consequences of climate change and the destructive powers of natural disasters can cause physical and mental damage.
The recent floods in central Myanmar underscore that the local people and authorities must be alert to disasters during the rainy season.
This is a reminder to all as well that the rainy season is approaching, and we should be expecting more rain, heavy rainfall, lightning strikes, flash floods, as well as landslides, which are not new to our country.
Let us make sure that these inconveniences do not become disasters. Preparedness remains the best weapon against the worsening climate conditions.
Those living in flood-prone areas must be quick to vacate their homes when the need arises and should by now be well acquainted with the flood drill. It’s the season. Keep a close watch on weather updates and warnings during the rainy season. It pays to be prepared all the time.

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