The water levels in waterway near Inle Lake, Nyaung Shwe Township, have rendered 10 villages inaccessible. There has been a steady decline in water levels in Inle Lake which is situated in southern Shan State, with the potential to severely affect more than 300 villages.
“We have no water even for bathing and we buy drinking water for K 500 to 1000 per bucket. Farmers also need a mass water supply for their cultivation,” said Ma Than Aye Myint, a local resident.
The local people have suffered from falling water levels as most of the residents rely on the lake water for cooking and other household tasks.
The water levels are so low that they have reached critical condition as indicated by a water level measure post near the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, said a source. Water levels in the lake have fallen to roughly four feet and in some parts, only one foot of water remains.
Of the 445 households living in Inle Lake, 80 are considered lake dwellers.