As the water begins to subside, the devastation becomes clear.
Hundreds of houses have been damaged or destroyed, muddy fields are now devoid of crops, and village compounds are scattered with debris. Fresh water sources, such as natural streams and wells, have become unsafe to drink from.
This has happened before, and with an unpredictable changing climate, is likely to happen again next year.
In what is almost becoming an annual phenomenon, the monsoon rains have brought flooding to tens of thousands of people in Myanmar. The country is particularly prone to cyclones, storms and floods, which is being exacerbated by the impact of climate change.
This year’s monsoon rains have triggered floods in nine states and regions across Myanmar, causing extensive damage and forcing thousands of people to leave their homes.
The southern regions of Mon State and Tanintharyi Region have been particularly heavily hit, with huge areas of farmland and entire villages submerged. Over 48,000 people were displaced in July and August.
If the destruction caused by the flooding itself is not devastating enough for communities to cope with, disease can also spread following the floods. As the floods cause contamination of water sources, e-coli and other bacteria can easily spread after the flooding.