July 04, 2017

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Excess water from Thaphanseik Dam poses no threat to local people

Water flows past spillways of Thaphanseik Dam on 12 October. Photo: Myanmar News Agency
Water flows past spillways of Thaphanseik Dam on 12 October. Photo: Myanmar News Agency

People living near Thaphanseik Dam have been told not to worry about flooding, as the Irrigation Department is monitoring the situation closely, according to source close to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation.
The water level in Thaphanseik Dam recently exceeded its capacity of 2,880,000 acre-feet, reaching 3,191,614 acre-feet, but the excess water flowed into the dam’s spillways. The water level rise was caused by heavy rainfall. Authorities had to release excess water through spillways until 2pm on Monday.
The water level in the dam receded to 3,156,674 acre-feet after irrigation authorities released excess water.

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