Children fetch drinking water at a pump well near their half-submerged residences in Nyaung Tone, Ayeyarwaddy Delta, about 60 miles southwest of Yangon, Myanmar, Wednesday, Aug 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)
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Myanmar's president called Thursday for the evacuation of low-lying areas as the Irrawaddy river threatened to breach embankments, leaving villagers with just sand-bags to hold back churning waters that have hit much of the country.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 inundated.The centre and south are now bracing for floods as water drains through the vast Irrawaddy delta.Myanmar is set for a general election in November and the quasi-civilian government has been at pains to show it is reacting speedily to the floods.
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