August 19, 2016

Weather bureau warns of flash floods, landslides across country

Firemen evacuate women through flood water in Muse on 25 July.—Photo: Muse District IPRD
Firemen evacuate women through flood water in Muse on 25 July.—Photo: Muse District IPRD

Yangon, 27 July — A depression over the Bay of Bengal is likely to cause heavy rain, flash floods and landslides across the country over the next three days, the weather bureau warned Monday.
The upper Sagaing, Bago, Yangon and Ayeyawady regions, as well as Shan, Chin, Rakhine, Kayin and Mon states were expected to record more than 3 inches, or 77 mm, of rain within 24 hours from 2 p.m. Monday, the Meteorology and Hydrology Department said.
Mandalay, Magway and lower Sagaing regions were forecast to record more than 1.5 inches, or 38 mm, in the same period.
The department urged people, especially those living in hilly areas and near rivers, to be alert to possible dangers and fishing boats at sea to be wary of severe weather conditions.
The department said the depression was almost stationary and centered about 90 miles west-southwest of Chittagong, Bangladesh, 140 miles west-northwest of Maungdaw and 190 miles northwest of Sittwe.
The monsoon is moderate to strong in the Andaman Sea and South Bay and vigorous elsewhere in the Bay of Bengal, according the department.
The weather bureau, issuing a yellow alert, said the low pressure is not likely to move towards Myanmar.
Squalls with rough seas could occur occasionally off and along Myanmar’s coasts, with surface wind speeds reaching 45 miles per hour, the announcement said.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation announced Monday it was closely monitoring its 27 dams across the country.
The ministry was releasing excess dam water through spillways in order to avoid overflowing or breaking of dam embankments, the announcement said.
More than 1,300 people in Ayadaw Township, Sagaing Region, have evacuated to shelters as floods hit some villages in the township Monday.—GNLM


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