CARGO vessels along the Ayeyawady River near Katha Township, Sagaing Region, are facing problems as the water level of the river is gradually declining.
Currently, boats and ships loaded with commodities travelling along the Ayeyawady River carefully control their ships to avoid serious problems, such as sandbanks. Some vessels frequently get caught on sandbanks during their trips.
“Normally, we send cargo from Mandalay to Bamho with the use of river transport services over the course of a week. Now, it takes 10 to 15 days to complete the Mandalay-Bamho return trip due to marine traffic along the river near Katha Township,” said one private shipmaster.
Merchants traditionally use river transport to ship their commodities from Mandalay to Bamho, Mandalay to Katha and other areas.
Maung Nyein Wint