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Chapter 5 Overview of Droughts in Myanmar

Droughts in Asian Monsoon Region

ISBN: 978-0-85724-863-3, eISBN: 978-0-85724-864-0

ISSN: 2040-7262

Publication date: 8 November 2011

Abstract

Myanmar is located between 9deg. 55min. and 28deg. 15min. north latitude and 92deg. 10min. and 101deg. 10min. east longitude. It is the westernmost country in southeast Asia. Its bordering countries are Bangladesh, India, China, Laos, and Thailand. Over 50% of the eastern coastline of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea constitutes the western border. The country occupies a total land area of 676,577km2 and is home to 57.5 million people in 14 states and regions, per 2008 estimate. The general topography of the country is high in the north and the west with north–south-oriented mountain ranges extending from the Himalayas. The eastern side of the country is a wide plateau connected to Yunnan, China. The central area and the more southern parts of the country are relatively low. Rivers run from north to south in most parts of the country. A map of Myanmar's states and regions is shown in Fig. 1.

Citation

Than Myint, U., Hla Thaw, S. and Ye Nyein, Y. (2011), "Chapter 5 Overview of Droughts in Myanmar", Shaw, R. and Nguyen, H. (Ed.) Droughts in Asian Monsoon Region (Community, Environment and Disaster Risk Management, Vol. 8), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 87-95. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2040-7262(2011)0000008011

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