December 13, 2017

Torrential rains force Mone, Kyee-ohn-kyee-wa dams to release water

Kyee-ohn-kyee-wa dam in Magway Region’s Sedoktara Township is pictured Friday evening. Photo: Credit to Soe Min Lwin
Kyee-ohn-kyee-wa dam in Magway Region’s Sedoktara Township is pictured Friday evening.
Photo: Credit to Soe Min Lwin

Torrential rains have raised the water levels of the Mone and Kyee-ohn-kyee-wa dams in Magway Region close to capacity, forcing the opening of spillways to allow outflows, an irrigation officer said Friday.
The water levels of the dams are 35.7 and 32.4 feet over their spillways, respectively, U Soe Min Lwin said in a Facebook posting at 7 p.m., with declining trend of water inflow into the Mone Dam.
The dams and power intake structures are still in good condition but is being closely watched by irrigation staff, he added, warning that people living downstream may need to be moved to higher ground if the heavy rains persist.
As there has been continued water outflow from spillways of Mone and Kyee-ohn-kyee-wa dams, irrigation officers are preparing emergency response plans, the Myanmar News Agency reported. According to local sources, the outflow of river water from Mone Creek and spillways of the dams has forced people in Sedoktara and Pwintbyu Townships to abandon their homes, but some have been stranded.

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