The climate of all this country is hot and moist with a heavy rainfall. This is the busiest part of the Province with the ports of Rangoon and Bassein and other thriving towns. Negrais once regarded as a promising port has long been abandoned.
North of the Delta and deltaic plains lies the part of Toungoo west of the Sittang and the districts of Prome and
Fig. 6. Burmese family.
Thayetmyo approximately parallel with it. Toungoo is still in the wet zone, with rainfall heavy in the south and more than moderate in the north. Indeed, even the southern part of Yamethin, the Pyinmana sub-division, adjacent to Toungoo, has fairly abundant rain. But Prome and Thayetmyo, on each side of the Irrawaddy, are distinctly hot and dry. In Prome and Toungoo are stretches of plain, as usual under rice cultivation. But a great part of these