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September 22, 2019

Strong winds devastate over 500 households in Shwepyitha Tsp

YCDC staff clean up fallen branches in Shwepyitha Twsp. photo: pe zaw

Residential buildings and stores in Shwepyitha Township in the Yangon Region were damaged by strong winds at about 3:10 a.m. yesterday. There were no reports of any casualties.
U Kyaw Din, who lives in Ward (20), said the wind sounded like a passing airplane.
“The wind blew for just three minutes, but it knocked down trees and destroyed many houses,” he said. “The power was out too, so we had to observe from a safe place. When it stopped, we saw that the surroundings were badly damaged. There hasn’t been any report of casualties yet.”
Torrential rain lashed Shwepyitha Township, while strong winds blew down trees and caused more than 500 buildings in wards (8), (9), (11), (13), (19), (20), (23) to either have their roofs blown off or completely collapse.
Authorities including firefighters, Red Cross members, YCDC staff, military personnel, police officers, and civil society organisations cleared up the debris from the destroyed buildings. “We will provide the people who suffered from the strong wind with cash assistance depending on the damages,” said Yangon Region Social Affairs Minister U Naing Ngan Lin.
Chief Minister of Yangon Region U Phyo Min Thein also visited the area hit by the strong wind and made arrangements for clearing debris and restoring electricity.
The Disaster Management Committee provided aid to the victims.
U Win Shwe, Director of Yangon Region’s branch of the Department of Disaster Management, said each individual household affected by the natural disaster would be provided support. “We will immediately provide clothing, utensils, and food after we have compiled a complete list of all the affected households,” he said.
The most damage seemed to occur in ward (20). Temporary shelters are being set up to accommodate families who no longer have houses.
Similarly, heavy rain and strong winds blew off tree branches in Hmawbi, Dagon Myothit (North), and other townships.

 

Zaw Gyi

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