THE Water Resources Utilisation Department has warned of the dangers on waterways after the sudden surge in the water levels of Ayeyawady River brought about by recent downpours in Kachin State, with the release of a warning for watercrafts on Wednesday.
Its warning came after a statement by the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology in Nay Pyi Taw saying that water level of Ayeyawady River in Myitkyina rose by 12 feet.
U Toe Aung Lin, deputy director of the Water Resources Utilisation Department in Mandalay stressed the need of using old waterways by watercrafts while the river is widened following the water level rise.
The department’s warning calls for the use of waterways previously set by the department and adherence to the rules while crossing under river-crossing bridges.
The water level rose to 551 centimeters yesterday from the level of 359 centimeters two days ago, said U Than Zaw, assistant director of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology in Mandalay. The department said that water levels of the Ayeyawady River are expected to reach five feet from the current level of 348 centimeters in Mandalay and 233 centimeters in Sagaing over the next few days.
Aung Thant Khaing