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NYAUNG KON VILLAGE, Myanmar – Myanmar says the number of people affected by flooding nationwide is approaching 1 million, with waters in the low-lying southwestern region inundating homes and forcing villagers into temporary shelters. The death toll is about to top 100.
In some places, only the roofs of houses could be seen Sunday. Volunteers on small boats were ferrying noodles, rice and clean water door-to-door.
Ferocious monsoon rains that began in late June — compounded more recently by Cyclone Komen — have triggered some of the worst flash floods and landslides in recent memory.
Phyu Lei Lei Tun, director of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, says that 99 people have died and that 900,000 others have been affected by the floods.