October 20, 2017

6 dead as severe flooding hits Thabeikkyin Tsp, Mandalay Region

Authorities can not yet confirm exact number of victims in the tragedy in which the bridge across the Dohtawady River in Thibaw Township was destroyed by floods on Saturday.
Authorities can not yet confirm exact number of victims in the tragedy in which the bridge across the Dohtawady River in Thibaw Township was destroyed by floods on Saturday.

Flash flood caused by torrential rains left six people dead and several homes destroyed Saturday in Mandalay Region, according to local authorities.
The dead were residents of Taungle village in Thabeikkyin Township where the flash flood occured in the river and destroyed seven houses amid downpours that began Friday night.
Another four houses in the township were destroyed by landslides.
Meanwhile, raging floodwaters destroyed a bridge spanning the Dohtawady River in Shan State’s Thibaw Township on Saturday, killing three people, witnesses reported.
A number of people were on the more than 100-year-old bridge watching the swollen river when the tragedy happened around 12.30 pm, according to a posting on the Ministry of Information website.
A team comprising firemen and Red Cross members is currently conducting search and rescue efforts with the use of machinery. Floods in Mogok, Mandalay Region, destroyed five houses and damaged one monastery, inundating low-lying areas.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation announced Saturday that it is closely monitoring dams across the country.
Excess dam water is being released through spillways in order to overflowing or breaking of dam embankments, the announcement stated.
The Meteorology and Hydrology Department on Saturday warned people, especially those living in hilly areas and near rivers, to be alert to possible landslides and flash floods.
An observation by the department at 9.30 a.m. showed Momeik in Shan State and Mogoksaw record rainfalls over a 24-hour period, recording 101 millimetresand 170 mm, respectively.
The weather bureau predicts central Myanmar areas are expected to experience continuation of increase of rain next two days.

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