September 23, 2017

Rising river Danger flood warning issued for ayeyawady region

The swollen Ayeyawady River rises past its designated danger level in Nyaungdon, where residents are on alert. MOI Webportal
The swollen Ayeyawady River rises past its designated danger level in Nyaungdon, where residents are on alert. MOI Webportal

Yangon, 4 Aug — Authorities have issued a yellow alert for flooding in Nyaungdon, Ayeyawady Region, where the Ayeyawady River has risen to its designated danger level, the Information Ministry said Tuesday.
Elderly people, women and children have begun evacuating from vulnerable areas in the township to designated shelters, the ministry said.
Meanwhile, local authorities in Hinthada town in Ayeyawady Region issued a flood warning Tuesday, urging residents to move to shelters as the Ayeyawady and Ngawun rivers had exceeded their danger levels there.
However, some people ignored the warning, choosing to stay at their homes rather than move to crowded shelters.
Around 15 shelters have been set up in Hinthada.
Meanwhile, prominent weather expert Dr Tun Lwin, the former director general of the government’s weather bureau, warned Tuesday that Ayeyawady Region was prone to flooding as water from severely flooded areas in central and northern Myanmar flowed downriver to the country’s delta areas.
Four dams — Nankathu, Kanyin, Ma Mya and Kunchaung — in Ayeyawady Region have been draining excess water from spillways, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation.
The Meteorology and Hydrology Department alerted residents of low-lying areas in Chauk, Magway Region, to possible floods as the Ayeyawady River was likely to exceed its danger level there by 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported Tuesday that water levels had receded in the main town in worst-hit Sagaing Region in the northwest. But it warned that as water moved downriver, floods were likely to expand and affect other areas.—GNLM

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