Houses and farms were destroyed and more than 10,000 were left homeless in Sagaing, Magway, and Chin
Cyclone MOCHA in Sagaing, Magway, and Chin states with wind speeds of 60 to 70 miles per hour and continuous rain. The strong winds destroyed many acres of houses and plantations.
In those areas, the military junta troops have repeatedly burned down the residents’ homes and raided their homes, so the residents are now facing natural disasters in addition to war and fire disasters.
On the night of May 14, Sagaing Division, The Myauk Yama Dam in Yin Mar Bin town broke, according to the residents, nearly 10,000 residents of about 10 villages, including Letpantaw, Theekone, and Pyanhleit Village, had to flee to safety.
Imapin Township, A woman from Letpantaw village said that she had to flee to higher ground because water entered her village, and more than a hundred homes were submerged.
"I heard that the dam broke at around 5 p.m., 6 p.m., they moved to the higher ground. A man with a cart carries a cart. If not, they carry it on a motorcycle. If not they carried with their head. Before they finished carrying it like that, the water came quickly. Some have not yet been carried, and bags of rice, and all the grain are gone. There are about 140 houses. Almost a hundred is enough to soak in water.”
This morning on May 15th, when I entered the village due to the flood again, some houses were destroyed, and some houses were covered in mud.
In Khin Oo Township, where there are more than a million war refugees, it has been raining continuously, and almost 50 villages have lost more than ten thousand acres of crops.
A resident of Khin Oo Township's said that around 200 acres of green bean plantations, which cost about 600,000 kyats per acre, were destroyed.
"All the crops were destroyed. Not a single one was left. About two hundred acres of crops were destroyed. It rained heavily during the night when the beans were about to be harvested and were still about to be harvested. The heavy rain flooded the fields. It is not easy to replant them. If the beans are flooded, they all die."
Salingyi, Yin Mar Bin, and Kani townships from Sagaing, it has been raining incessantly, and more than a thousand homes have been flooded and damaged, residents said. In the same way, the storm also destroyed nearly 200 homes, including three Christian churches and schools, in Phaneng Village, Mutupi Township, Chin State.
A resident, who did not want to be named for security reasons, said that no one was hurt because they were able to move to strong houses in time in Phaneng village, where more than a thousand people live.
"Many houses, including the church, in Phaneng village were destroyed. Only 10 houses were left undamaged. Out of two hundred houses, there was no damage to one house because all the people moved. The houses were left as they were."
At a church in the city of Kanpatlet, locals said that schools and some houses were damaged and roofs of at least five houses in Hakha town were damaged and two houses collapsed. Tedim Township, there are landslides on Kaly-Tedim Road, and the military council has cut the phone line to Monday City, so the damage status is not yet known.
Saw Township in Magway, in addition to the damage to the bridges, rice buried in the pits was also damaged, a villager said.
"When the military junta troops had come, we had to put the rice in the hiding places. All the rice was running out. And if our village was burned down, we would need wood to rebuild it. For now, those who built it have built it. Those who haven't built it yet.For those who had not yet built, all the timber that had been loaded was washed away. After that, there is a suspension bridge between villages. The eastern part of the bridge was included."
Residents said that more than a hundred acres of rice that had been planted in Pasoke village two months ago had been destroyed, and other farmlands were also covered in sand.
A member of the village's social assistance said that in Sinphyu Kyung Township's Okeshitkone village, water entered the village due to continuous rain for two consecutive days due to the storm.
"Some children are floating. The fences around the houses are all damaged. Some are damaged a lot. Sand has been placed around the houses. For some, there is no place for cows or people to live in. When the buildings are low, the houses touch the water, and everything becomes difficult to live in."
In the village of Okeshitkone, which has five hundred houses and a population of nearly two thousand, the water has receded, but the locals are finding it difficult to eat and live.
Magway, in PaukTownship, on May 13th, due to the flooding of the Yaw River, the villages near the river planted beans, Residents said that more than a thousand acres of sesame were destroyed, and the tents of war refugees near the Yaw River were submerged in water.