August 19, 2016


El Niño to end earlier than expected

Villagers line up to fetch drinking water in Dalla. Photo: Aye Min Soe
Villagers line up to fetch drinking water in Dalla. Photo: Aye Min Soe

THE weather bureau in Nay Pyi Taw has predicted El Niño will end in Myanmar earlier than expected as sea temperatures in the East Central Tropical Pacific Ocean have decreased since early March.
The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology announced, quoting international weather agencies, yesterday that the El Niño process would end in June in Myanmar.
The weather bureau said Kachin State, Chin State, and Sagaing Region, which are located in dry regions, are expected to receive above-average rainfall in the upcoming summer season from March to May with a 40 to 60 degree of certainty, while the remaining states and regions are expected to receive less rain fall than normal.
Parliamentarians submitted an urgent motion last month calling on the Union government to adopt risk mitigation measures against the negative effects of El Niño, which is expected to hit Myanmar this year.
MPs stressed the need to launch emergency response and preparedness drills in order to mitigate possible losses in the event of disasters. The MPs pointed out that such drills have not yet been conducted in the country, despite plans drawn up by ministries. He also called for policies to be formulated to purchase rice for state reserves.
MPs also called on officials to gear up for El Niño’s impact, warning that the situation is likely to get worse during the summer as some parts of the country have started suffering droughts, and fire outbreaks are reported frequently.
In his statement, Dr Sein Mya Aye of Dala Constituency emphasised the importance of taking necessary measures to guarantee the socioeconomic wellbeing of the people, including farmers, as agricultural outputs and fishery exports are likely to be limited by the consequences of El Niño.
Defence Services Personnel Pyithu Hluttaw representative Lt-Col Aung Kyaw Moe highlighted the leadership role of the Union government in the fight against the effects of El Niño in cooperation with regional governments, non-governmental organisations and the people.—GNLM


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