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July 23, 2019

Cargo ships resume transport as Chindwin River rises

Cargo ships have resumed using the Chindwin River as a transport route following rains that have raised the water level of the parched tributary. The 750-mile-long river originates at Patkoi and Kumon hills near the India-Myanmar border and flows into the Ayeyawady River upstream of Pakokku. Water levels remained too low for cargo ships until later than in previous years, an official of a shipping company said. “The river usually rises in mid-May,” the official said. “Last summer, cargo ships suspended their runs due to difficulties traveling upstream on the river area and its tributary Uru Creek.” He added, “Speed boat ferries still ran along the river despite the declining water level, but merchants transported their goods on land in summer.” Following the rains, cargo ships have resumed transporting commodities and foodstuffs from Monywa to upstream regions. The official said, “A total of 452 cargo ships and 134 speed boats are running along the river for smooth transport of commodities and passengers.”–Po Chan (Monywa)

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