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June 05, 2020

Mandalay monasteries rely on fire department for water

The fire engine is supplying water to a monastery in Mandalay.
The fire engine is supplying water to a monastery in Mandalay.

A TOTAL of 69 monasteries located on Yankin Mountain in Mandalay’s Patheingyi Township are being provided with water by local fire brigades amid the ongoing water shortage, according to the pagoda board of trustees for Yankin Mountain.
“A local village tract fire brigade provides 3,600 gallons of water to four monasteries every three days. A plan is in place to provide water through a 10-foot water drain once the water completely runs out. The village also has a plan to dig an artesian well,” said U Yan Shin, the head of the board of trustees.
The Yankin Mountain monasteries usually source their water from the Yankin and Zaytan wells, as well as the Sagaing Monastery well. A reservoir on Yankin Mountain has the capacity to hold 30,000 gallons of water, while water reservoirs above the Sagaing Monastery can hold 10,000 gallons of water. However, these sources are not meeting the local monasteries’ demands.
“Water wasn’t scarce this time last year. We usually only face water shortages in April, but we’re feeling them earlier this year,” said abbot U Pyinyar Thiri of the Thandaw Mingalar Monastery.
Yankin Mountain is located 884 feet above the sea level and has a height of 706 feet. A unique feature of the mountain is that it stands alone, isolated from the surrounding mountain ranges.


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