Resorts to flee overflowing dam

Writer: 
Min Thant
The Myitnge Bridge over the Dotehtawady River. (Photo-Ko Htike)

 

The Mandalay Region authorities have announced the resorts by the Dotehtawady River must shut down after a dam upstream has been filled with water.

The Yeywar hydropower dam became full on August 28 and the overflowing water was expected to cause the river to swell. Residents downstream were likely to experience floods, said the dam authorities.

Myo Thit, Mandalay Region minister for natural resources and environmental conservation, said: “We instructed the resorts by the Dotehtawady to close. We still can’t figure when it will be safe to open.”

The river reached 823 centimetres in Myitnge Township on August 29, just 50 centimetres below the town’s danger level. It had reportedly receded to 776 centimetres on September 1.

Arkar Lin, general administrator at Pyin Oo Lwin, said: “The Yeywar dam is full and it is raining upstream. Although the situation is not yet dire, we have manned the posts in five riverbank villages to watch the Dotehtawady. The four resorts, 3-Mile, 6-Mile, 7-Mile and Yadana Moe Palace, have been ordered to close.”