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June 19, 2019

Local, foreign experts inspect crack at Taungnawin Dam

Local and foreign experts are inspecting a crack at the earthen embankment of the Taungnawin Dam in Paukkaung Township. Photo : Nay Lin (MNA)
Local and foreign experts are inspecting a crack at the earthen embankment of the Taungnawin Dam in Paukkaung Township. Photo : Nay Lin (MNA)

Local and foreign experts are inspecting a crack at the earthen embankment of the Taungnawin Dam which happened following earthquakes in Paukkaung Township in 2018.
“According to initial assessment by Myanmar Dams National Committee, the crack at the dam poses no risk to the public safety. The news that the dam is collapsed is a rumour,” said U Aung Zaw Min, Assistant Director of the Irrigation and Water Utilization and Management Department.
The authorities are monitoring the situation round the clock.
The crack which is 100 ft long, 3 inches wide and 3 ft in depth developed after several earthquakes jolted including the magnituge-3.8 earthquake on 5 October last year about 15 miles east of Paukkaung, the magnitude-5.1 earthquake about 6 miles north of Paukkaung, the magnitude-4.5 earthquake near the dam on 27 October and the magnitude-3.7 earthquake about 13 miles east of Paukkaung last year.
Paukkaung Township authorities apprised local people of the current state of the Taungnawin Dam, and asked residents not to worry as there is currently no risk of the dam collapsing.
The dam was constructed in 1995 to irrigate 57,258 acres of farmland in Paukkaung Township.—Nay Lin (MNA) (Translated by Kyaw Zin Lin)

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