As monsoon flood waters began to recede in the south-western delta region of Myanmar, the fields around villages such as Yay Dar Gyi still looked more like a lake than farmlands in late August. Water levels in some paddy fields were three metres deep and the homes built on stilts just barely rose above the water. “The Red Cross has already started to plan for the long-term recovery of affected communities in other parts of the country where the floods have receded and people have returned to their villages,” said Nicolas Verdy, IFRC operations coordinator in the area.

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