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February 28, 2018

Rakhine fishing vessels docked by Cyclone Roanu

Fishing boats are anchored at Kyaukphyu, Rakhine State. Photo: Myitmakha News Agency
Fishing boats are anchored at Kyaukphyu, Rakhine State. Photo: Myitmakha News Agency

Kyaukphyu — Fishing vessels which plough the coastline of Rakhine State have had to halt their fishing expeditions with the arrival to the region of Cyclone Roanu, it is known from respective district and township departments of fisheries.
Public announcements by department of meteorology were made via portable loud speakers on May 20 within some of the State’s townships, such as Sittwe and Kyaukphyu, forewarning residents of Cyclone Roanu’s position off the eastern side of the Bay of Bengal.
“[Fishing] boats have been tied together in docks along the coastline ever since warnings were received on May 20 of the cyclone’s position. The speed of the storm has caused huge swells and terrifyingly large waves on the ocean,” said U Ye Htun, owner of an off shore fishing vessel from Ayeyawady Region currently docked in the Kyaukphyu boat yard. It is known that local residents are currently preparing food provisions to guard against any storm induced food storages.
Ever since storm warnings were issued by relevant township departments of meteorology on May 20, all kinds of boat vessels, be it tourist, government or private, have halted their services, according to the department of water transport. Records from departments of fisheries indicate the extent of destruction storms can have upon the region, with Cyclone Giri, which hit the Rakhine coastline on 22 October 2010, not only causing causing many fatalities to human life and livestock, but completely decimating the fishing industries of Myebon, Kyaukphyu and Minbya townships.— Myitmakha News Agency


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