Security Notification – Tension in Sanchaung Township
Thursday 9 September 2021 17:55 Hrs Myanmar Time
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Today around 16:00 Hrs, in Sanchaung Township (Yangon Region), a military vehicle patrolling along Baho Road and Bagayar Street was targeted by an explosive device; 2 security personnel were killed. This area is still experiencing some tension: locals heard gunshots and reported that checkpoints were set up on nearby Gangaw Street, Bagayar Street, and Baho Road. We advise caution and recommend not to travel through the area.
In the current context, EXERA advises the following key safety precautions:
– Stay at home as much as possible until the situation settles.
– Troop deployment and checkpoints may be observed in the coming days; deal sensibly with police checks; keep your distance with security forces and their facilities.
– Intercity transportation, as well as Yangon bridges, might be disrupted.
– If tension were to escalate, telecoms might be cut-off; set up alternative communication procedures. Electricity might also be cut; prepare accordingly, charge all your appliances.
– New restrictions might be imposed (martial law, curfew, etc.); stay informed about all those updates and abide by those rules: they will be enforced more closely than usual.
– Although frontal confrontational in broad daylight is not the most likely scenario, night raids and bombings remain a possibility; avoid any movement after sunset and before sunrise.
– If you live in areas regularly affected by violence, do consider relocating yourself to safer areas of Yangon.
– If you hear any violence on the street, take shelter immediately. Get behind solid concrete or brick. Stay away from windows; drop to the ground if need be. Do not draw attention by filming security forces.
– Reinforce security measures to secure and protect your perimeter. Update fire safety procedures and keep extinguishers well stocked. Regularly train staff for emergencies.
– Refrain from public statements or contentious social media comments. Lower your social media profile.
– In the event of an Emergency call our 24/7 Emergency Coordination Centre (01514001; 09256266912)
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