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Published on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 20:35
Cracks seen on the Ayeyarwaddy riverbank in Thapike Kyin in Mandalay (Photo - Min Thant)
Residents in an earthquake-prone area by the Ayeyarwaddy river have been asked to move to safer grounds.
Experts said the riverbank in Thapike Kyin in Mandalay has been weakened after a strong earthquake, putting villages at risk.
“Most of the cracks are located near the Ayeyarwaddy River bank. Cracks are located just below government offices and public buildings. So people should move to safer areas. We have warned the public not to stay [as landslides may occur],” said Soe Thura Htun, secretary of the Myanmar Earthquake Committee.
A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck the northern region on November 11, which destroyed 102 buildings and left 35 people injured and three dead.
Over 20 aftershocks happened after that, forcing residents to flee their homes and move to a soccer ground.
General Secretary of Myanmar Engineers’ Association warned against living in houses with cracks, as it will take at least a month to fix them, and advised villagers to take extra care.