Floods hit Kalay

Writer: 
Aung Thu Tun
A scene of the flood in Myanmar during 2015.

 

Floods hit Kalay Township in Sagaing Region with more than 5,000 people affected, according to sources.

Regional MP Thant Wai Kyaw said: “Some bridges have been swept away by floodsFloods have cut off road access to the northwest and the Kalay-Kalaywa-Tamu road is blockedWe fear more rain.  

After the 2015 floods, administrative bodies took responsibility for different zones. Yesterday, we helped people from Phaungku village move to safetyToday, we moved people from PyinthaTaungu, NatnamInsein and Htomar villages.”

The Myittha River has exceeded its danger level of 10 metresaccording to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology. 

Tin Soe, the head of Kalay District Meteorology and Hydrology Department, said: The water reached 2,067cm in August 2015, 1,297cm in October 2011 and 1,245cm in October 2013. The level of the Myittha River reached 1,250cm on September 20. It is still rising. We will release updated information. The water is expected to rise by about 60cm during the next two days.

The Department of Agriculture said floods had hit 11,838 acres of crops in Kalay Township. 

An official from the Department of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement in Kalay Township said: There are 5,303 flood victims from 1,182 households. We have opened 17 relief camps. The department provides weekly assistance of Ks2,100 per head, while district and township management committees provide them with noodles and eggs.

Due to landslides, Kalay faced record-breaking flooding in 2015. 

 

Translated by Myo Than