February 12, 2017

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FLOOD SAFETY WARNING

DMH issues alert to people in low-lying areas along Chindwin, Ngawun rivers

Local fire service departments in flood-prone areas are on alert and have urged people in high risk areas to cooperate with the authorities by following instructions calmly and carefully. Photo: Myanmar Fire Services Department
Local fire service departments in flood-prone areas are on alert and have urged people in high risk areas to cooperate with the authorities by following instructions calmly and carefully. Photo: Myanmar Fire Services Department

THE Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) has issued an alert to people living in low-lying areas along the Chindwin and Ngawun Rivers to be prepared to relocate as the water levels of both rivers have exceeded danger levels.
The rivers, which have already exceeded what is considered to be dangerous levels in Kani and Monywa, are expected to rise about by another half foot in Kani over the next 24 hours and in Monywa over the next two days. Water levels may remain there for an extended period of time, according to the DMH’s 12.30 pm observation yesterday.
The Ngawun River in Ayeyawady Region has also reached dangerous levels in Ngathaung Chaung according to the 12.30 pm observation yesterday.
The water level there is also expected to rise by about 1 foot over the next three days and remain at dangerous levels.
The Sagaing Region government has temporarily suspended high-speed ferries operating along the Chindwin River according to the Monywa Independent High-speed Ferry Committee. Meanwhile, local fire service departments across the nation are on full alert.—Aye Min Soe

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