August 19, 2016

Flooding forces Pathein trains to terminate at Athoke

A train stops at Athoke on its way to Pathein. Photo:
A train stops at Athoke on its way to Pathein.

WATER on the lines in Ayeyawady Region forced temporary cut backs to the Kyangin – Pathein rapid train and Hinthada – Pathein freight train services on 6 August, stopping short of the region’s capital and running just half of the line as far as the town of Athoke, according to the region’s department of the state-owned transport enterprise, Myanma Railways.
The Athoke – Pathein line has reportedly been submerged by between 1-3 feet of flood water, forcing train services to terminate at Athoke Station. “We’ve suspended train services because water has flooded the line between Gonemin village and the town of Daka. Inspections on the lines will be carried out once water levels have subsided. Only then will trains return to their normal schedule,” said U San Thar Aung, director of the department. Myanma Railway’s officials closed the Gonemin – Daka section of track on the morning of 6 August, before doing the same to parts of the line between Yodayartat – Gonemin and Daka – Behkayet the following day.


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