Police busy trying to keep revellers safe during water festival

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Police help revellers as they work to ease traffic congestion on a busy road in Yangon. Photo: Zaw Min Latt

The police are on full alert across the country seizing weapons and bottles in order to prevent crime, cracking down reckless driving and tightening security and safety measures at lakes and reservoirs to prevent drowning.
According to Myanmar Police Force, 20 people have been killed and 146 injured in 132 incidents over the first three days of the annual Thingyan festival which kicked off on April 12.
Two revelers drowned in the Thaungyin River in Kawthaoung in Taninthayi Region yesterday, according to local authorities.
A policeman was injured in an accident when a car carrying revelers ran over the officer yesterday while he was on duty directing traffic on a busy road in Yangon.
One person drowned in the moat of Mandalay Palace yesterday following a similar case just two days before.
Meanwhile, a truck carrying 55 pilgrims overturned on Thursday in Kyaukphyu, Rakhine State, killing two and leaving the remaining pilgrims injured.
A traffic accident in Thaton in Mon State left nine pilgrims dead on Tuesday, the first day of the new year festival.

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