Death Toll in Northern Myanmar Flooding Rises to 14

14 people have been killed and thousands affected as a result of floods caused by heavy rains in northern Myanmar.

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Residents ride a boat on a flooded area as they transport aid for their village at Kawlin township, Sagaing division, Myanmar July 23, 2015. (Photo: Reuters)

The death toll from monsoon rains in northwestern Myanmar has climbed to 14, with thousands of others affected.

The State-run Kyemon Daily reported today that the flooding – which had been caused by heavy rains in many parts of Myanmar – had also damaged roads and bridges, including a 100-year-old bridge in northern Shan state Sipaw township, killing five and injuring three others.

The UN emergency relief organization reported Saturday that the flooding had killed nine people. The report also stated that the flooding has affected more than 800 households in northern Kachin state, forcing the relocation of some.

Flooding is common during Myanmar’s monsoon season, which typically starts in late May and ends in mid-October.

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