October 20, 2017

Landslide in Chin State poses no flood threat

Recent floods in Chin Sate caused landslides blocking a road leading to a dam in hilly region.—Photo: Su Hnin Leh
Recent floods in Chin Sate caused landslides blocking a road leading to a dam in hilly region.—Photo: Su Hnin Leh

Yangon — Recent floods triggered massive landslides in Chin State and the creation of a landslide dam, sparking worries among locals about the possibility of it bursting in future.
According to Irrigation Department assistant director U Maw Maw Naing, the landslide dam is located nearly 5 kilometres west of Hangin village in Tunzan Township. He said that satellite images show that it covers 84 acres.
However he said that villages need not worry about the possibility of flooding, as the landslide dam and the Yazagyo Dam are all situated at the tops of slopes.
“There is no way the dam can pose a threat, even if all the water it holds flows out.”
The water in the natural dam will flow into the Yazagyo Dam in Kalay, which is 52km from Hangin village, the assistant director noted, estimating the maximum volume of the water at 12,000 acre-feet. —Su Hnin Leh

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