Shwegyin (Myanmar): Raging floods across Myanmar have forced tens of thousands of people from their homes in recent weeks, officials said Thursday, as monsoon rains pummel the nation. Aerial images from Shwegyin township in Bago region showed how the area had become a vast lake of water. Only the rooftops could be seen of many homes lining the Sittaung river. Emergency services have been helping bring people to dry ground, many seeking shelter in local monasteries. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Others waded through waist-deep floodwaters or rowed on wooden boats with pets and any belongings they could take with them. Than Aye, 42, who has diabetes and is partially-sighted, struggled to escape the deluge. “I could not do anything when the flooding started but then the fire service came to rescue me by boat,” he told AFP from the safety of the monastery that has been his home for the last five days. The most severe flooding is currently in eastern Bago region and Mon and Karen states, according to the social welfare ministry. “There are currently over 30,000 people (across the country) displaced by floods,” said director general of disaster management Ko Ko Naing. UN’s Office for Coordinated Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates around 89,000 people have been displaced in recent weeks, although many have since been able to return home.
March 8, 2017More about the concrete work on a new countertop for the bathroom in East Housing. Tomiaki checks the surface for any imperfections. Here are Randall, Ron Chandler and Tomiaki.[photos by Sue Kirsch]You can see previous reports with the following links:The countertop is layed out in back of the Lab building. Woodshop manager Randall Schultz explains how the finishing will proceed.The countertop is now in the paint studio where Randall sanded the surface and used a filler for any holes.A closer look of the surface.The last step will be to stain and seal the surface. We will report when the work is complete.