Heavy rains have flooded Myanmar this week, killing at least 12 people and displacing 150,000 more. As the monsoon continues its downpour, rescuers struggle to deliver food and aid to marooned villagers by boat, and refugees take shelter in hundreds of temporary camps across the county.
Nearly 28,000 people remain stranded in their homes, according to the state-run Myanma Alinn newspaper, either unable or unwilling to brave the floodwaters. Their fears are not misplaced; among the dozen dead, three were soldiers swept away during a rescue operation, Director-General Ko Ko Naing of the Disaster Management Department told Al Jazeera.
Compounding the nation's already overflowing dams, reservoirs, and rivers, officials worry that protective embankments could burst, engulfing more villages in the deluge, Channel News Asia reports.The last severe flooding event in the country killed 103 people and displaced up to a million in 2015.