Myanmar Leader Urges Evacuations as Floodwaters Rise

- VOA News,August 7, 2015

Myanmar's president has called for the evacuation of low-lying areas in the country's Irrawaddy delta region as massive flooding across the country continues to affect tens of thousands of people.

In a message broadcast Thursday, President Thein Sein said areas near the Irrawaddy at risk as the river rises "above [the] danger level."

About 6.2 million people live in the region, an area where the Irrawaddy and other rivers branch out into a delta leading to the sea.

The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement said flooding triggered last week by heavy monsoon rains had killed at least 81 people and affected more than 250,000.

Four areas have been declared disaster zones with widespread flooding.

In Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington would provide $600,000 in aid to help flood victims in Myanmar. Japan has pledged $150,000 in aid, while Vietnam is providing clean water worth $20,000.

缅甸总统敦促三角洲地带居民疏散,躲避洪水

- 美国之音,2015年8月7日

缅甸总统要求该国伊洛瓦底三角洲地带低洼地区的居民进行疏散。与此同时,缅甸各地的大洪水继续影响数以万计的民众。

大约620万民众生活在这个地区,该地区是伊洛瓦底江和其它河流分叉到一个三角洲汇入大海的地方。

缅甸社会福利、救济和安置部表示,上周季风导致的暴雨引发的洪水已经造成81人丧生,影响到25万多人。

由于洪水泛滥,有四个地区已经被宣布成为灾区。

美国国务卿克里星期四在吉隆坡表示,华盛顿将为缅甸的洪水灾民提供60万美元的援助。日本承诺15万美元的援助,越南将提供价值2万美元的清洁水。