Myanmar’s President declares state of emergency

Myanmar’s president has declared a state of emergency in four regions after heavy floods left 27 people dead.Monsoon rains over many weeks have led to flooding in most of the country (also known as Burma).Myanmar’s President Thein Sein declared a state of emergency in four regions – Chin, Magwe, Sagaing and Rakhine.Thousands of people are sheltering in monasteries, but one report said people from the Rohingya Muslim minority were turned away from some shelters.The Myanmar Times said security forces turned away Rohingya Muslims from abandoned schools and community centres in the western Rakhine state.The United Nations says 140,000 people in Rakhine are living in camps near the region’s capital, Sittwe. Most are Rohingya Muslims.Myanmar has suffered heavy rain and landslides for weeks, but wind and rain from Cyclone Komen damage in recent days.The AFP agency quoted one director of the social welfare ministry as saying that “most of the country” was flooded.

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