At least 47 people have died in the floods, according to the government. Myanmar's call for international aid stands in sharp contrast to stance taken when it was ruled by generals. The Junta had refused outside help in the wake of a devastating cyclone in 2008, when 130,000 people perished in the disaster.

While the quasi civilian government, which took power in 2011 and faces elections in November, is leading the relief effort, but the military is handling operations on the ground.

"We are cooperating and inviting international assistance. We have started contacting possible donor organizations and countries," Ye Htut, the Minister of Information and spokesman for the President's Office said.

He stated international assistance was also needed to relocate people and rebuild communities after the flood waters retreat. With a per capita GDP of USD 1,105, Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in East Asia and the Pacific.

The Chinese Embassy in Yangon began providing relief supplies to stricken areas this week. The Minister cited that the flood waters have begun to recede in Rakhine state on the west coast, which suffered some of the worst flooding after being lashed by the tail of cyclone Komen, which made landfall in Bangladesh late last week.

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