August 19, 2016

Roanu Spares Myanmar

Depression Roanu’s trajectory as of 22 May. Photo: World Meteorological Organisation
Depression Roanu’s trajectory as of 22 May. Photo: World Meteorological Organisation

The on set of Myanmar’s monsoon season started with the nervous anticipation of Cyclone Roanu. Despite initial concerns, the storm created little damage. With Naypyitaw’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) citing that there are no recorded fatalities and little damage to report.
“We’re still waiting to collect enough information from the affected states, but at this stage there is little to report,” said Win Htein Kyaw, Director of the Union EOC. A full report of damages from Rakhine and Chin States, Sagaing and Magway Regions will be released soon.
The storm reportedly made landfall over Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bizarre Saturday afternoon at around 3pm.
A landslide in Chin State reportedly destroyed 19kms (12 miles) of pipeline connected to a hydroelectric dam located outside of Falam in Chin State. The Global New Light of Myanmar attempted to contact the Minister of Municipal, Electrical Power and Industry of Chin State, but was unable to reach him before time of print.
Chinland Herald Chief Editor, Nhge Pi told The Global New Light of Myanmar that the winds had died down Saturday night and that by Sunday morning the sun could be seen, shortly disappearing behind a blanket of cloud by the afternoon.
Another source on the ground in Chin State said that the winds weren’t that strong, only reporting heavy rains.
The storm was not severe in northern Rakhine State with Maungdaw resident Maung Win Thein stating that winds weren’t, “that bad.”
“The internet slowed down so we had to rely on information from our radios, but the storm wasn’t bad. Everyone was well prepared before hand so there hasn’t been any distribution of food aid,” Maung Win Thein told The Global New Light of Myanmar.
Kyaw Min, Head of Rakhine State Relief and Resettlement Department said that there hasn’t been any damage reported to them and no landslides in the north of the state, nor has any aid been handed out due to the lack of damage.
Saturday evening OCHA released their first report about the storm issuing a warning stating that, “relevant government departments and the Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) are all on standby for search and rescue activities.
MRCS has mobilised over 100 Emergency Response Team Members and volunteers and also disseminating early warning alerts to the communities in Chin, Rakhine, Magwe and Sagaing.”
Also saying that humanitarian organisations were assessing relief stock in the country, and that in Rakhine an assessment team consisting of 75 people were ready for deployment if necessary.
Hla Tun, Deputy Director of Myanmar’s Department of Meterology and Hydrology (DMH) said that the storm has now dissipated over land and is regarded as a ‘green’ alert, meaning it is over.
The depression is moving north-east over Sagaing Region and into Kachin State. It is now currently noted as depression Roanu.
The depression is set to bring heavy rain to Sagaing Region and Kachin State. Rakhine can expect heavy coastal showers today.
A large cloud cluster sits over the majority of Myanmar with rain expected throughout the entire country today.


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