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October 14, 2019

Ayeyawady water hits its danger mark in Mandalay

A Vessel docks at a jetty in Ayeyawady River in Mandalay. Photo: Khaing Set Wai

The water level of Ayeyawady river reached its danger mark of 1,260 centimetre (230.745 inches) at Mandalay port at 6 pm yesterday after it passed 1253 centimetre at 3:30 pm in the same day.
However, the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology has forecast the water level would decline in the following days as no flood occurs upstream the river.
U Aung Ko Min, officer from the DMH, said, “As the water level is now increasing upstream the river in Myitkyina and Mandalay, it is expected to decline after reaching the danger mark.
Measurement at every alternative hour has shown fluctuation of water level do not occur at Thabeikkyin Township near Mandalay City.”
According to the DMH, the level of Ayeyawady river were close to the danger marks of respective townships, with 930 to 932 centimetre in Shwegu township, 1,040 to 1,065 centimetre in Katha Township and 1,480 to 1,541 centimetre in Thabeikkyin Township.
U Thein, a local resident near Mayangyan port, said, “The water level has significantly increased in these days. The villages at the western bank of the river have been experiencing inundation since four days ago, although this is not a year with two Waso-months which ordinarily caused flood.”
The water level has increased by 3 inches on 10th July and 1 inch on the three following days at Machanbaw and Putao townships of upstream Ayeyawady river. Meanwhile, recent torrential rainfall in Myitkyina has caused the water level pass the danger levels at Bhamo, Shwegu, Katha and Thabeikkyin townships of downstream the river.— Khaing Set Wai
(Translated by Aung Khin)

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