Aung San Suu Kyi vis­its flood-hit Bago

Mizzima Business Weekly - - AFFAIRS -

Myan­mar op­po­si­tion leader Aung San Suu Kyi vis­ited one of the coun­try’s many flood-af­flicted ar­eas Mon­day rais­ing her pro­file dur­ing a na­tional dis­as­ter that has killed at least 46 peo­ple and could af­fect this Novem­ber’s gen­eral elec­tion As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported on 3 Au­gust.

The Min­istry of So­cial Wel­fare, Re­lief and Re­set­tle­ment an­nounced Mon­day that the death toll from flood­ing had climbed to 46, with more than 200,000 peo­ple af­fected in 11 of the coun­try’s 14 states and di­vi­sions. In ad­di­tion to dam­age to houses and farm­land, in­fra­struc­ture has been very badly hit, with roads and rail lines cut in many places and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion links bro­ken.

Suu Kyi on Mon­day used a small wooden boat to travel in flooded parts of Bago Town­ship, 45 miles (70 kilo­me­tres) north­east of Yan­gon. She vis­ited sev­eral shel­ters for flood vic­tims and handed over do­na­tions of rice and drink­ing wa­ter on be­half of a foun­da­tion named for her late mother, a for­mer diplo­mat.

The cur­rent flood­ing also has af­fected the po­lit­i­cal process. The Union Elec­tion Com­mis­sion ex­tended its dead­line for elec­tion can­di­dates to register by a week to 14 Au­gust not­ing that many need to deal with the cri­sis in their home ar­eas.

The next ses­sion of par­lia­ment, sched­uled to start Aug. 10, has been post­poned in­def­i­nitely be­cause law­mak­ers will be help­ing peo­ple in their con­stituen­cies, the speaker of the lower house, Thura Shwe Mann, said Mon­day.


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