Thursday, August 06, 2015

Leader of flood-hit Myanmar urges residents to evacuate

Myanmar's president has called for the evacuation of low-lying areas as the Irrawaddy river threatened to breach embankments, leaving villagers with just sandbags to hold back churning waters that have hit much of the country.                                         
Floods from a heavy monsoon season have cut through swathes of South and Southeast Asia in recent weeks, claiming hundreds of lives and displacing millions.
Aljazeera reports that twelve of Myanmar's 14 regions have been struck, with officials saying 74 people have been killed and more than 330,000 affected - many forced into monasteries and other makeshift shelters after their homes were flooded.
Relief agencies said floods had receded in some northern and western areas, allowing supplies of food and clean water to trickle in, although landslides were still a threat.
International aid efforts have buttressed the response of the army and local communities, following a rare appeal by the government for outside help.
But thousands of people are still feared stranded in rugged and remote Chin State after days of rain caused flash floods and landslides that swept away homes, roads and bridges.

3 comments :

  1. This is serious

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  2. OMG! Some people are really suffering. See flood!
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