Monsoon-related flooding has left at least 12 people dead and over 132,000 others displaced across Myanmar as of Wednesday, August 1, with more rain forecast in the near-term. Among the most affected areas are Mon state (cities of Thaton, Bilin, and Kyaikkhami), Kayin state (cities of Myawaddy, Hpa-An, Kawkareik, and Hlaingbwe), and Tanintharyi and Bago regions (cities of Shwetung, Kyaukkyi, Shwegyin, Bagan, and Madauk).
Localized transportation disruptions are to be expected in affected areas nationwide due to flood-related infrastructural damage. Rail transportation between Yangon, Mandalay, and Naypyitaw and between Yangon and Mawlamyine has been suspended until railways become passable again. Further showers and thunderstorms are expected in the coming months as the monsoon season continues.
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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