Sri Lanka condoles loss of lives in Myanmar floods
August 7, 2015 02:49 pm
The Sri Lankan Government has condoled the loss of lives in the devastating floods that took place in Myanmar, hoping for a quick recovery of the nation.
The Foreign ministry has issued a statement iterating “solidarity and support” to the Myanmar Government “at this time of grief”.
The widespread floods, triggered last week due to heavy rains, have left 81 dead, the Myanmar’s Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement reported.
According to the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, 101,000 acres of paddy in the Ayeyarwady region have been flooded, but just 180 acres were destroyed.
Countrywide, the impact on agriculture has been far greater. According to the ministry, 1.17m acres of paddy field have been flooded, with 152,500 acres destroyed.
The government of Myanmar appealed for international assistance on 3 August and supplies have started to arrive from abroad.