Chindwin River floods destroy more than 10,000 acres of plantations

Writer: 
Kaung Khant Lin (Monywa)
Green gram plantations in Kani Township were flooded by the Chindwin River on July 8.

Rising water levels in the Chindwin River destroyed more than 10,000 acres of crop plantations in Sagaing Region since the area was continuously hit by torrential rain in May, June and July.
“Rising water levels in the Chindwin River destroyed crop plantations in Yinmarbin, Kale, Mawleik and Khamti districts. Some plantations were flooded. The list of crops destroyed in other townships is being still compiled,” said Dr Tin Mar Mar Oo, a staff officer in Sagaing Region Agriculture Department.
The department is making list of damaged plantations in order to provide financial assistance to victims. The department is aiming to stockpile 5,000 baskets of paddy strains in order to replace damaged paddy with new plants, Dr Tin Mar Mar Oo said.
In all of Sagaing Region, a total of 19,661 acres of plantations were flooded; 16,076 acres were destroyed; and 26,106 acres were otherwise affected, according to the official data of Sagaing Region Agriculture Department.
The torrential rains and rising water levels in the Chindwin River water destroyed 1,741 acres of summer paddy, 10,801 acres of summer sesame, 1,510 acres of pre-monsoon green gram, 788 acres of monsoon sesame, 34 acres of groundnuts, 15 acres of sunflower, eight acres of pigeon peas, 34 acres of other seasonal crops, 23 acres of monsoon paddy, 54 acres of monsoon paddy plantations, 1,010 acres of mung beans and 58 acres of green gram, totaling 16,076 acres.