Ko Myo Khaing, a rescue worker in the city of Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State, said two people were reported to have died in her area.
“At least 90 percent of Sittwe was destroyed by the storm,” she said. “The electricity is still out and the phone lines are down. The number of people affected is unknown, due to communication difficulties.”
Khaing Thu Kha, a spokesman for the Arakan Army, an ethnic Rakhine militia, said that food collected for the emergency was damaged by the rain, and that while floodwaters in Sittwe had receded, they were still high in other areas.
“Since it is impossible for us to help with our revolutionary forces alone, I would like to ask neighboring countries, including the U.N., to help,” the spokesman said.
In Chin State, where phone and internet lines have been cut since Myanmar’s generals staged a coup in February 2021, communication was restored for a short while just before the cyclone struck. But that was not enough.