July 01, 2017

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4-hour rain causes havoc in Mandalay

Local people in Mandalay put the blame on man-made works for the flooding this year. Photo: Aung Thant Khaing
Local people in Mandalay put the blame on man-made works for the flooding this year. Photo: Aung Thant Khaing

Heavy rain hit Mandalay yesterday, inundating low-lying areas, causing trees to fall and creating havoc on roads.
The four-hour rainfall started around 10 pm Saturday and tied the record for most rainfall in August with 6.2 inches. The flooding began to recede yesterday afternoon.
Isolated heavy rainfall is expected to pour down over Kayin State, Mon State, Nay Pyi Taw, Mandalay Region, Bago Region, Ayeyawady Region, Taninthayi Region and Rakhine State today, according to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.
Local people in Mandalay place the blame on land work projects for the flooding this year. The land work has changed the waterway, causing it to overflow from the creeks and the Ayeyawady River. “The situation of this year’s flood, which submerged some areas with unusual strength, is considered to be because of man-made works, and La Nina has also made the situation worsen,’ said Chief Minister of Mandalay Region Dr Zaw Myint Maung.— Aung Thant Khaing

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