As of Sunday, July 29, the nationwide death toll resulting from monsoon-related flooding has risen to at least ten and the number of people displaced has surpassed 54,000, with more rain forecast in the near-term. According to local sources, at least 10,000 people had been evacuated from the city of Hpa-an (Kayin state) as of Thursday, July 26, due to flooding along the banks of the Thanlwin River. Severe flooding has also been reported in Kya-in Seikkyi, Hlaingbwe, Shwe Gon, Myawaddy, and Karaweik. Localized transportation disruptions are to be expected nationwide due to flood-related infrastructural damage; as of July 29, a bridge in Shan state had been washed out and several roads in Rakhine state were reported to be flooded. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue as the monsoon season continues in the coming months.
Heavy rain is common during the monsoon season in Myanmar, which typically lasts from May to October. Since the beginning of June, dozens of people have been killed in monsoon-related incidents across the country.
Individuals present in affected areas are advised to keep abreast of the situation, to avoid areas directly hit by flooding, and to adhere to any orders issued by the local authorities or their home governments. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded. Be aware that the risk of contracting water- and mosquito-borne diseases tends to rise after periods of heavy rains.
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