Asia Briefs: Rush to help Myanmar as death toll climbs

Rush to help Myanmar as death toll climbs

KALAY (Myanmar) • Rescuers have raced to help tens of thousands stranded by rooftop-high floods in Myanmar, as the death toll from flash floods and landslides rose to 46 yesterday, with some 200,000 people affected.

Hundreds have also perished in recent days in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam, following floods and landslides triggered by a belt of heavy seasonal rains.

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Award for Kim Jong Un defended

JAKARTA • A daughter of Indonesia's founding president has defended honouring North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with an award for statesmanship, dismissing criticisms of his human rights record as "Western propaganda".

Ms Rachmawati Sukarnoputri confirmed Mr Kim would receive an award from the Sukarno Education Foundation next month for his "justice and humanity", despite it triggering an outpouring of disbelief.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 04, 2015, with the headline 'Asia Briefs: Rush to help Myanmar as death toll climbs'. Print Edition | Subscribe