Myanmar Opens Emergency Monitoring Centre In Riot-hit Mandalay

YANGON, July 11 (Bernama) -- Myanmar authorities have opened an emergency monitoring centre in Mandalay which was hit by a sectarian riot early this month, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Mandalay Region Information and Public Relations said the centre in the country's second city will operate 24 hours and coordinate with relevant authorities to carry out emergency tasks in the event of a riot.

Clashes broke out in Mandalay on July 1 over an alleged rape case in which two people died and 17 others were injured.

Sixteen people have been charged in connection with the violence and all seven townships in the city have been placed under curfew since July 3.

A total of 346 people were arrested and charged for violation of curfew order with 145 released and the rest in custody.


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