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Flood in Myanmar's Bago region worsens

(Xinhua)

15:01, August 11, 2011

YANGON, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- The water level of Myanmar's Bago River rose for the second time to a level of 960 centimeters on Wednesday, exceeding the danger level by 50 centimeters and registering the highest record in Bago region's flood history, local media reported Thursday.

The water level had risen with the Bago river starting from Monday, flooding the Yangon-Mandalay highway and railway in the Bago region for as long as 3.2 kilometers with a water depth of over 1 meters. Transport with all motor roads and rail roads were suspended.

Some areas were even under water at a depth of 1.5 meters, the report said.

Local inhabitants were forced to use boats going from one place to another, it also said.

Over 5,000 flood victims along with their paddy stock are being evacuated, the report added.

Besides, all water levels of Chindwin River at Mawlaik and Kalewa, Shwegyin River at Shwegyin, and Thanlwin River at Hpa-an exceeded the danger level by up to 72 centimeters, according to a latest flood bulletin of the Myanmar Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.

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