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August 14, 2020

Yangon ferry services operate regularly despite storm warnings

Passengers get off a ferry at the Dala Jetty, Yangon. 
Photo: Naing Lin Kyaw (Dala)

With an aim to ensure public transportation, Yangon ferry service (Pansodan/ Dala) is operating as usual, despite the current storm warnings, said Daw Khin Khin Nu, Manager of Pansodan Jetty. “The Pansodan and Dala ferry service is operating as usual. Related to the storm warnings, we keep life jackets on board Cherry vessels. It is raining this morning because of the storm, but the wind is not blowing. Authorities issued a warning that if it rains with strong winds, the ferry should not be departing from the jetty. The staff are observing the weather conditions and taking necessary measures to ensure the safety of passengers,” she added.
Moreover, authorities issued instructions on 4 November that small motor vessels are not to leave for the sea while the weather remains severe. Authorities want small motor vessels to obey all rules and regulations and keep life jackets on board their boats, or face legal actions. Authorities had earlier taken legal action against them due to violations, said U Kyaw Nyein, chairman of the Township Boats Supervisory Team.
There are 484 sampan boats with outboard motor and 20 sampan boats in Dala Township, according to the Township General Administration Department. Severe rains throughout the states and regions have been caused by cyclone “BULBUL” over the Northwest Bay of Bengal. The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology has issued warnings to local airlines and fishing vessels.—Naing Lin Kyaw (Dala) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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