People flee from flooded area in Bago, Myanmar (Photo: Xinhua/VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – Nearly 150,000 people in Myanmar have forced to flee due to floods caused by heavy downpours in the Mekong River region that threatens dike breach.

Myanmar media reported that nearly 150,000 people have been forced to seek refuge in 327 camps while nearly 28,000 are clinging on in their flooded homes. Up to 12 people was killed in the floods.

Evacuation orders are still in place across Bago, Karen, Mon and Taninthari provinces with dozens of dams and reservoirs overflowing.

Myanmar is just entering peak monsoon season and more downpours are expected in the coming weeks.

Myanmar is hit by severe flooding every year and climate scientists in 2015 ranked it top of a global list of nations hardest hit by extreme weather.

That year more than 100 people died in floods that also displaced hundreds of thousands across the country.-VNA