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Severe flash floods in Myanmar have left 217,000 people affected and 46 dead, according to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Tuesday. 

Torrential rains in July, followed by cyclone Komen that made landfall in Bangladesh have inundated 12 out of Myanmar’s 14 states and regions. Chin and Rakhine States and Sagaing and Magway Regions have been declared by the state as natural disaster zones. 

A wildfire that has devoured drought-parched terrain in northern California with remarkable speed raged on for a sixth day on Monday as evacuations expanded and firefighters began to gain some ground against the flames. The blaze, dubbed the Rocky Fire, has scorched some 62,000 acres and destroyed more than 50 structures since erupting last week in the canyons and foothills along the inland flanks of California's North Coast Ranges.

Foreign Ministers of 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) kicked off a three-day meeting in Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday as the 48th time. The group will discuss multi-lateral cooperation on the economy, policies and international issues and will also focus on the establishment of the ASEAN Community by the end of this year.

Prices of some commodities have become higher in Yangon following inundation of states where they are sourced, retailers and wholesalers say. 

Here in Naung Pin Lay Market, commodities like Mandalay grown chili and Sagaing rice are more expensive than usual. 

Chili seller Aung Thaung said the wholesale price has suddenly jumped up by almost one-third for Sein Sar Chili this month. He said supplies are short as warehouses of these chili are currently flooded. 

The Swiss Embassy in Yangon commemorates its national day, by holding a reception at the Novotel Hotel on Monday.

The Swiss national day falls on the 1st August. This is the 3rd time the Swiss national day is officially held in Yangon at which officials from the embassy highlighted bilateral ties between the two countries as well as innovation of Swiss private companies.   

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Updated on: 10:23AM, August 04 2015
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  • Temperature: 27 °C
  • Wind: South-Southwest, 11.1 km/h, gusts up to 27.8 km/h
  • Pressure: 1007 hPa
  • Rel. Humidity: 84 %
  • Visibility: 7 km
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