Monsoon rains have caused the Swar irrigation dam in Myanmar to overflow in the early hours of 29 August, 2018, flooding at least 100 rural villages, blocking a major highway and forcing more than 63,000 people from their homes in Bago region.
Images on social media show teams from fire services and military helping to evacuate people from flooded areas. Myanmar Fire Service said they were using boats to carry out search and rescue operations. Some unconfirmed reports suggested that there have been some fatalities.
The dam break also caused flooding on the Yangon – Mandalay highway after a bridge was severely damaged.