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.