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Evacuation urged in central Myanmar amid flood risk

6 August 2015 15:26

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Myanmar’s president has called for the evacuation of people from low-lying areas in central Myanmar, where the Irrawaddy River is likely to breach embankments amid heavy rainfall.

President Thein Sein warned on Thursday that areas near the Irrawaddy were at risk as the river is rising to the “above danger level.”

“As we cannot prevent natural disasters, I urge fellow citizens to move to safer places… it’s the best way,” he said in an address to the people in a televised speech.

He added that the Hinthada and Nyaung Don townships located in the center of the country along the river were in immediate danger.

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