December 15, 2016

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Swollen river warning – Major waterways reach dangerous levels: weather bureau

Photo taken on Wednesday of a motorized boat crossing the River Chindwin flowing 99 cm above it warning point near Monywa.—Photo: Credit to April Sai Ngae
Photo taken on Wednesday of a motorized boat crossing the River Chindwin flowing 99 cm above it warning point near Monywa.Photo: Credit to April Sai Ngae

Water levels in Myanmar’s five major rivers — the Ayeyawady, Chindwin, Thanlwin, Sittoung and Ngawun — are dangerously high and likely to exceed flood warning benchmarks over the next three days, the weather bureau said Friday.
According to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology, the Ayeyawady River exceeded its danger level by 10 centimetres in Ayeyawady Region’s Hinthada Township as of 12.30 pm on Friday.
Despite being 71 centimetres under the warning point in Sagaing Region’s Sagaing Township, the bureau forecast the Ayeyawady to reach its danger mark over the next two days.
The Chindwin River is likely to remain above its danger level over the next three days in Kalaywa Township of Sagaing Region, having already exceeded the benchmark by 143 cm as of Friday afternoon.
In the region’s Mawlike, the Chindwin is expected to be above its danger level within next 24 hours, the department said.
Meanwhile, the Thanlwin River is already 92 cm above its danger level in Kayin State’s Hpa-an Township and is likely to remain above the benchmark for the next three days.
Likewise, the Sittoung and Ngawun rivers are likely to be above their danger levels for three more days, after measuring 115 and 57 centimetres above their respective warning points in Madauk, Bago Region and Ngathaingchaug, Ayeyawady Region, the department added.
The weather bureau also warned of heavy rain in Magway, Sagaing, Bago, Thaninthayi and Yangon Regions, as well as Rakhine and Chin States, due to the deep depression formed over Bangladesh.

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