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March 03, 2018

Repairs underway on Sittway-Yangon highway as flood recedes

Backhoes are used to fill in parts of the Sittway-Yangon highway that have eroded due to flooding from heavy rains.  Photo: Ye Htut

As flood waters recede, the Rakhine State Government began roadwork on Sittway-Yangon Road, which was damaged by floods caused by the recent heavy rains.
The Rakhine State Minister for Transportation said the main problem was that the flooding happened on the road and water levels reach over two feet. Some of the hillsides along the highway was eroded by the rain, but the Rakhine State Department for Roads said they are using backhoes to solve the problem.
“As soon as the flood recedes, workers carry out roadworks so that the traffic can return to normal as soon as possible,” said the minister. U Hla Shwe from Rakhine Road Building Team-16 said that while the road was drivable, a part of the road along milestone 28 that connects An to Sittway was broken off.
He and his team are working to prevent water from entering the road. Small to medium-sized vehicles are allowed to pass the road, but larger vehicles are still not permitted to travel along the highway. They will be allowed to drive along the road once the water level descends and areas of the highway are reparied again.
Heavy rains in Rakhine on 12 June caused floods on the Sittway-Yangon Highway and resulted in flooding of roads in 12 areas between An and Kazookine village, said the Minister for Transportation. —Min Thit (MNA)


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