There is a further outbreak of the disease in Karen State, which is flooded, and medicine is needed.
Some residents of KNU-controlled areas, including Karen State, where the floods occurred, suffered from diarrhea, and dengue fever is on the rise, medical aid and health care are needed, said those who are helping to avoid the war. Saw Nandasu from the Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) said that "Diarrhea Influenza and malaria diseases are happening. Some places are out of reach. Even if it's not bad, it's still happening.”
Currently, diarrhea is common among children and the elderly in those areas, and with other chronic diseases, he said there are also medical and healthcare needs for pregnant women. One of Karen State's war-avoidance aid workers said that “While avoiding war like this, those who were affected by the flood suffered a lot, even to eat. Transportation is not convenient, donations are also less than, and there is a need for medicine, too.”
Additionally, he said that they had to repair the house buildings damaged by the flood at their own expense and that the military council had not yet come to provide any kind of assistance.
In August, heavy rains and rivers exceeded the critical water level, causing flooding in most townships in Karen State, and ten thousand residents were affected by the floods. In the current flood-affected areas, since the water level has receded, the flood aid workers have returned to their homes from the flood relief camps. And in some areas, the flood-affected residents are suffering from diseases such as diarrhea and dengue due to unclean water. These kinds of diseases have occurred from drinking water. They are also in need of medicine and health care for the diseases that are occurring.
On August 16, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) announced that at least 50,000 people were affected by floods in southern Myanmar alone due to heavy monsoon rains and flooding of rivers and streams. The people affected by the flood are 16 townships in Bago, Karen, Mon, and Thanintharyi in Mon and Tanintharyi, and as of August 10, more than 30,000 people have been moved to temporary camps to escape the flood.
According to UNOCHA's statement., on August 9, a two-year-old child died due to heavy rains in northern Shan State, and in Namhkam Township, landslides destroyed two bridges in neighboring villages, temporarily disrupting transportation. On August 7th and 8th, Kyauktaw, Minbya, Myauk-U, Maungdaw, and Toungup in Rakhine and some townships were affected by floods, and around 400 temporary houses in Kyauktaw and Myaung-U cities were damaged.
According to local farmers, ten thousand acres of rice and crop fields have flooded, and tens of thousands of acres have been destroyed in Mon, Karen, and Rakhine states.
UNOCHA continued to state in the statement that humanitarian organizations are assisting those most in need of assistance in flood-affected areas.