February 09, 2017

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FORCE OF NATURE

Strong gales claim lives, damage buildings in Mandalay and Sagaing

Military personnel from a local battalion in Yezagyo clear trees fallen because of gale-force wind. Photo: MOI Webportal
Military personnel from a local battalion in Yezagyo clear trees fallen because of gale-force wind. Photo: MOI Webportal

STRONG gales accompanied by heavy rains and hailstones struck two townships in Mandalay Region on 22 April, levelling trees, destroying houses and killing people and animals.
The water flowing downhill resulting from torrential rains caused havoc in the townships of Sintgaing and Kyaukse, blowing the roofs off over 450 buildings and killing six people and over 300 domesticated animals, with two children reported missing.
Central Command Commander Maj-Gen Win Bo Shein, teaming up with officials, visited the disaster-affected villages, where he offered words of comfort and encouragement and contributed financial assistance to the victims. Mobile military medical teams were found providing treatment to people in the affected areas, while local military personnel distributed relief.
Two religious buildings and over 100 houses were damaged in a fierce gale in Yezagyo Township, Magwe Region, on 21 April. Local military personnel, together with police and fire brigade members, conducted rescue operations under the supervision of the Northwest Command Commander Brig-Gen Than Hlaing.
Witnesses said the loss of life and the bulk of property damage were caused by hailstones, some of which were reportedly the size of coconuts.
Local officials and civil society organisations are carrying out rescue services by sheltering victims in monasteries and schools and providing financial assistance for recovery. —Aung Thant Khaing with Myawady

Military personnel from a local battalion in Yezagyo clear trees fallen because of gale-force wind. Photo: MOI Webportal
Military personnel from a local battalion in Yezagyo clear trees fallen because of gale-force wind. Photo: MOI Webportal

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