July 04, 2017

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Boats return to upper Chindwin River as water recede

Watercrafts resume transport of passengers and commodities in upper Chindwin River.—Po Chan (Monywa)
Watercrafts resume transport of passengers and commodities in upper Chindwin River.—Po Chan (Monywa)

MONYWA — Water transport services in the upper Chindwin River reopened on 16 September when water levels receded below the 1,000-metre danger level.
The water transport committee for Upper Myanmar temporarily stopped river transport services while the water level on the Chindwin River remained above 1,000 metres from 5 to 15 September.
“I’m so happy that I can now go back to Homalin,” said a trader who has been stranded in Monywa.
“I bought an advance ticket three days ago. Thankfully the goods I had bought were dry commodities. Waiting in Monywa for 12 days cost me a lot. I hear that floods in the upper areas also went down. That’s wonderful news,” he said.
The river’s current water level rests at 997 metres. Local authorities are monitoring fluctuations as many vessels are once again plying the river.—Po Chan (Monywa)

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