A boat ferries villagers in a flooded area. | (

Myanmar’s president called for the evacuation of low-lying areas on Thursday as the Irrawaddy river threatened to breach embankments. This left villagers with just sand bags to hold back churning waters that have hit much of the country.

Floods from heavy monsoons have cut through swathes of South and Southeast Asia in recent weeks, claiming hundreds of lives and displacing millions.

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 makeshift shelters after their homes were inundated.
(Hindustan Times)