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Myanmar flood death toll rises to 88

Weeks of heavy monsoon rain have left at least 60 people dead and damaged more than 520,000 acres of farmland across 12 of the country's 15 states. In Myanmar monsoon starts at the beginning of June and ends in September.
Weeks of heavy monsoon rain have left at least 60 people dead and damaged more than 520,000 acres of farmland across 12 of the country's 15 states. In Myanmar monsoon starts at the beginning of June and ends in September. EPA - NYUNT WIN

THE death toll from severe flooding across Myanmar has risen to 88, officials say, as rising waters swallow more homes in low-lying regions in some of the poorest parts of the country.

More than 330,000 people have so far been affected by torrential monsoon rains that triggered flash floods and landslides and cut off communications as roads and bridges were destroyed.

Residents raced to bolster sand bag defences along the Irrawaddy River in the country's south-west as floodwaters swelled the mighty waterway, swamping dozens of villages as the waters drain from further north.

Soe Min Paing is a fisherman from Kyauk Taing village in Nyaung Don township, whose home has been inundated

"Nothing like this has happened before, but I am not the only one suffering," he said.

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