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May 31, 2020

Water outflow from spillway at Kyeeohn-Kyeewa Dam, no cause for alarm yet

Kyeeohn-Kyeewa Dam in Pwintbyu Township, Magway Region, overflows 2.1 feet above its 340 feet mark yesterday. Photo: NyaungU
Kyeeohn-Kyeewa Dam in Pwintbyu Township, Magway Region, overflows 2.1 feet above its 340 feet mark yesterday. Photo: NyaungU

Kyeeohn-Kyeewa Dam in Pwintbyu Township, Magway Region, overflowed 2.1 feet above its 340 feet mark yesterday morning and officials put up green flags to notify local residents of the emergency level 1 situation, according to the local irrigation and water management department. Despite water from the dam flowing into the spillway, authorities say there is still nothing to worry about and that the emergency level was only announced in accordance with the natural disaster prevention guidelines.
The notification process of the overflow of Kyeeohn-Kyeewa Dam to the public is divided into three stages.
The first stage is when the water starts rising above the designated level and green flags are set up to show emergency level 1.
The second stage is when water flowing into the spillway reaches the maximum high flood level and is likely to flood areas south of the dam. Yellow flags are set up at this stage to signify emergency level 2.
The third stage is when the overflow exceeds the maximum high flood level and can potentially damage the spillway. Red flags are set up to announce a state of emergency level 3.
U Aung Thu Lin, head of the local irrigation and water management department, said they will continuously notify the people of the dam’s situation and possible emergency status. —NyaungU  (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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