PutaO firefighters rescue 7 victims, including a child, from heavy torrential rain

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Firefighters in PutaO, Kachin State, have rescued seven people, including a child, from a sandbank in the middle of a creek trapped by a heavy rain, according to the Fire Services Department.
The incident occurred at around 3:00 am on 23 February when heavy rains on the mountain caused Mulashidi creek to flood with a strong current.
Acting on a report from a conscientious citizen that six workers and one child were stranded in a hut on the sandbank at the construction site of a retaining wall, a team of permanent firefighters from the PutaO District/Township Fire Services Departments went on a search and rescue mission that morning.

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“There were also some cars. As the water level rose, the firefighters tied them up with ropes and carried them to a safe place. It was a very strong current. They were waiting for the rescuers at a high place,” said a local from PutaO, describing the incident. — MT/ZN

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