Officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation are releasing water from 12 dams and reservoirs across the country to prevent damage of these irrigation facilities with increasing levels of water caused by torrential rains in recent days.
The officials are monitoring the water levels at the dams in Kayin state, Sagaing region, Bago region, Magway region, Rakhine state, Yangon, and Ayeyawady regions.
While the officials are monitoring the situation, the locals have been evacuated to safe havens to minimize any risk of life and property.
Due to heavy rains beginning on 15 July, a total of 36,689 acres of summer paddy and 3,147 acres of monsoon paddy have been flooded on Saturday, according to the official figures of the ministry.
Floods caused damage to bridges and roads in Kawlin, Kyunhla and Kanbalu townships, Sagaing Region, as of 16 July, but water level began to ebb on 19 July, said a local in Kyunhla Township.
Water level at Minmyin Dam in Kanbalu Township reached 69.30 feet due to 7.83 inches of rainfalls. Therefore, the dam drained out water from the spillway. The release of water from this dam to prevent damage has inundated some nearby areas. On Sunday, the water level at the dam down to 688.60 feet. Chief Minister of Sagaing Region U Tha Aye and officials inspected evacuation tasks of Tatmadawmen and provided foods to them.
Volunteers evacuated flood victims to monasteries and schools. While local authorities and social organizations donated foods and bottles of purified drinking water to the victims, medical teams of Township Public Health Department gave health care services to the victims
Mandalay-Myitkyina trains suspended transport schedules. Inundation over the roads and damaged bridges caused difficulties to transportation.
In Shwebo and Katha Districts, local authorities opened relief camps for flood victims and provided foods, clothes and drinking water to them.
—MNA/Myawady/Min Htet Aung (Mdy Sub-printing House)/Aung Ye Thwin/Sagaing Region IPRD