Myanmar floods, coup, complicate growing Covid-19 outbreak – Times of India

Flooding in Myanmar has displaced lots of of individuals, slowing efforts to battle a fast-growing coronavirus outbreak amid the chaos that adopted the Southeast Asian nation’s army coup, residents informed Reuters on Tuesday.
Heavy weekend downpours throughout southern states prompted flooding in a number of cities, forcing healthcare employees to maneuver Covid-19 sufferers to dry areas throughout drenched streets and alleys.
“Hundreds of houses are submerged in water and only their roofs can be seen,” Pyae Sone, a social employee within the Kayin State city of Hlaingbwe informed Reuters by phone, including that the water had begun rising early on Monday.
“Covid is spreading in the town. There are so many people who have lost their sense of smell and many who are sick, it’s not clear if it’s Covid or seasonal flu.
“But now individuals cannot keep at house or collect in shelters, so the unfold might be severe.”
Groups of volunteers and medical workers trundled bedridden patients, still hooked up to oxygen tanks, over murky flood waters in the Kayin town of Myawaddy, Facebook images posted by the Karen Information Center (KIC) media group showed.
About 500 residential areas along the Thai border were affected, displacing hundreds of people, the group said.
Bo Bo Win, the head of a charity in the town of Mawlamyine, 120 km (75 miles) away, said at least another 500 people there had also suffered in the annual floods.
“This 12 months’s flood isn’t as unhealthy because the one we skilled in 2019, however we’re within the center of a pandemic,” Bo Bo Win added.
Infections in Myanmar have surged since June, with 4,630 cases and 396 deaths reported on Monday. Medics and funeral services put the toll far higher, in an outbreak also linked to scores of new cases in China’s border province of Yunnan.
Angered by doctors’ support for anti-junta protests, Myanmar’s military has also arrested several doctors treating Covid-19 patients independently.
The military has struggled to keep control since taking power in a February coup that triggered nationwide protests, strikes and fighting on multiple fronts in border regions as civilians take up arms against the junta.

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