September 24, 2017

Embankment broken, 1,500 acres of paddy field submerged in Ingapu, Ayeyawady Region

Water overflows the embankment linking two villages in Ingapu Township.Photo: Ingapu Township Information and Public Relations Department
Water overflows the embankment linking two villages in Ingapu Township.Photo: Ingapu Township Information and Public Relations Department

A dyke was breached yesterday when a flash flood caused a river to overflow its banks in Ingapu, Ayeyawady Region, submerging about 1,500 acres of paddy fields.
There were no causalities nor damage to homes in the incident, according to local reports.
Employees from the Irrigation Department and local residents fought back the floodwaters by laying sand bags at the broken 50-ft section of the embankment that links two villages in Ingapu Township.
Meanwhile, local authorities and residents in Maubin Township are also laying sand bags along the Toe River, which is posing a threat to the area as its water level rises.
Dr Tun Lwin, the former Director-General of  the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology, warned in a Facebook post yesterday that low-lying areas in Bago Region should expect flooding due to heavy rainfall and down stream water.
The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology issued a flood warning yesterday, noting that the water level of the Bago River in Bago is expected to reach its danger level today. The warning advised residents in low-lying areas to take special precautions.
The number of people affected by flooding is expected to continue to rise in lower Myanmar, according to the Department of Relief and Resettlement.

The flooding began in mid-July, causing more than 358,000 people to be moved to  shelters as of yesterday.

Kachin, Sagaing and Magway saw a slight drop in their respective water levels yesterday.
Continued torrential rain early last month caused major flooding, sweeping across western Rakhine state and affecting about 10,000 people.

The flooding also submerged Kyauktaw, Mrauk-U and Minbya townships and destroyed several dwellings, bridges and roads due to overflowing water from the Laymyo and Kaladan rivers.
The flooding began in mid-July, causing more than 358,000 people to be moved to  shelters as of yesterday.
Kachin, Sagaing and Magway saw a slight drop in the water level in their areas, allowing some of the flood victims to return to their homes.

The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement spent more than K336 million on providing relief aids to residents affected by the flood.
Meanwhile, authorities have started to allow the flow of the water in 22 dams through respective spillways in order to reduce the water level behind them.
The dams are also kept under watch by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation.—GNLM

Water level of the Ayeyawady River in Hinthada, Ayeyawady Region.
Water level of the Ayeyawady River in Hinthada, Ayeyawady Region.

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