UN pledges aid to Myanmar as flood victims return home

Nearly 90 people have died and four states have been declared disaster zones, as flood-affected people wait for relief.

    The UN has pledged $9m in aid to step up the response to devastating flooding in Myanmar.

    Nearly 90 people have died and four states have been declared disaster zones affecting at least 330,000 residents.

    Over a million acres of rice fields have been flooded and crops destroyed on more than 150,000 acres, the agriculture ministry said.

    Flood waters are beginning to recede in western Rakhine state, and people are going home to take stock of the damage.

    In the village of Than Ta Yar, residents have returned home, and have received rations of rice, cooking oil and bottled water from local organisations.

    But residents said they do not know when the next aid package will arrive.

    Al Jazeera's Florence Looi reports from Minbya Township in Rakhine State, one of the worst affected areas.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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