Flood victims ride a bamboo raft over a flooded road to receive relief items from private donors in Thabaung township, Ayeyarwaddy delta, Myanmar, Aug. 29, 2015.

BANGKOK—This year's monsoon floods in Myanmar, the most severe in a decade, affected an estimated 1.6 million people and killed more than 100. Almost 400,000 hectares of farmland, largely rice paddies, along with fish ponds and farm animals, were lost.  A tropical cyclone followed the devastation wrought by monsoon storms, sweeping away homes, roads and bridges.

Read more: Myanmar Floods Spark Concerns about Deforestation


Buffalo graze in parched paddy fields in Min Kin Kon village, in Mandalay’s Patheingyi township, on July 23. (Kyaw Ko Ko/The Myanmar Times)

U Tin Win’s summer paddy looked perfect. The sight of the serried arrays of green plants brought joy to his heart. But that evening, July 14, was the last time he felt so good. The next day, torrential rains came to his plantation in Kan Thit village, Kin-U township, Sagaing Region. They have barely stopped since.

Read more: Extreme weather: the new normal for Myanmar farmers


Myanmese children play along a flooded street as a vehicle make its way in Yangon

Myanmar is in second place among countries most affected by climate change and the most-affected in the Asia Pacific region, said Environmental Conservation Department director general Nay Aye.

Read more: Myanmar comes in 2nd among countries most affected by climate change


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