September 21, 2017

Katha harbour moved temporally due to emerging sand banks — Sagaing Region

A cargo ship docks at the old harbour in Katha. Photo: (Ngwe Aoe-Katha)
A cargo ship docks at the old harbour in Katha. Photo: (Ngwe Aoe-Katha)

THE harbour of Katha, Sagaing Region, has been temporally moved to a more suitable Ayeyawaddy river bank as sand banks have surfaced in the old harbour, said a jetty official.
The new harbour, near the town’s Martyrs’ Monument, will be more convenient for  the docking of ships, cargo transportation and for jetty workers and  travelers, he added. The reason for sand banks appearing, he said, was  erosion, littering in the river, cargo ships/boats which surpass the limit speed and the extracting of river sands for commercial purposes.
The busy Katha harbour  is a crucial port  where cargo  ships stop in on the way to upper Kachin State. The sand banks  in the middle of the river become  large  plantations during the post monsoon season due to the rich fertilizing silt.

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