Children in Myanmar facing "double catastrophe"

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Vulnerable children in Myanmar face a 'double catastrophe' as floods add to the hardship faced by children living in poverty and those recovering from violence and conflict. Photo: UNICEF Myanmar

Children in Myanmar are facing what's been described by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) as a "double catastrophe."

The agency said that floods caused by recent heavy rains have added to the hardship faced by children living in poverty and those recovering from violence and conflict.

Daniel Dickinson reports

The Myanmar Government said that 36 people have died and over 200,000 are in need of lifesaving assistance following weeks of heavy rain.

Twelve out of Myanmar's 14 states and regions have been affected by the rains which have intensified following the landfall of Cyclone Komen in neighbouring Bangladesh.

UNICEF said floods are hitting children and families who are already very vulnerable, creating what it called a "double catastrophe."

The agency said the inundations will have an immediate impact, but also a longer term effect on the livelihoods of families including those living in camps for displaced people in Rakhine State.

The UN is working with the Myanmar authorities and has dispatched assessment teams to affected areas to identify the priority needs.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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