August 19, 2016

Mandalay on red flood alert as Ayeyawady reaches above danger level

People moving furniture away from the flooded area.
People moving furniture away from the flooded area.

LOCAL authorities, volunteers and the Mandalay Fine Service Department have been teaming up to prevent possible flooding as the water level of the Ayeyawady River exceeded its danger level two days ago.
“We are on alert due to the rising waters of the Ayeyawady River. We have stocked sand bags and also kept watch the embankment in order to prevent any overflow.” said U Thet Naing Tun, Secretary of the Mandalay City Development Committee.
The river reached 18 cm above its danger level of 1,260 on Friday.
Local authorities and volunteers in six townships have been put on full alert with 3,000 sand bags each and life boats at possible overflow points on the river.
Down stream water from Myitkyina is expected to reach Mandalay over the next three days. The collapses of the banks are expected to be happen when the flood recedes,” said U Kyaw Myint Than of the Water Resources Utilisation Department.
A motorised boat carrying eight passengers capsized on Friday in the Tokegyi Creek in Madaya Township, Mandalay Region, after hitting a river crossing bridge. Five passengers were evacuated by members of the fire services department and three are still missing, according to local reports. Meanwhile, the Meteorology and Hydrology Department announced yesterday that Mandalay Region, Yangon Region, Mon State, Nay Pyi Taw, Rakhine State and Rakhine State are expected to see heavy rainfall today, with 100 per cent degree of certainty. The weather bureau also forecast yesterday that a low pressure is expected to form in the mid-east area of the Bay of Bengal within 24 hours.


Aung Thant Khaing


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