The deadly flood also killed 4,650 cattle, displaced 85,400 people and destroyed 10,956 homes and more than 88,120 hectares of farmland.
Myanmar President U Thein Sein, in his radio speech to the nation, vowed that the government had made arrangements for restoring normalcy in flood-hit areas as soon as possible. He said the government will assist farmers in ploughing their lands and provide them with seeds to grow rice.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation said all dams across the country will continue to be under watch. Forty dams were releasing excess water.
Myanmar rice federation yesterday decided to halt rice export until September 15 for domestic reserve in face of the severe flood. The one-and-a-half-month freeze is said to ensure an adequate supply of rice for the domestic market and to maintain stability of rice.


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