Torrential rains cause serious damage in Myanmar

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Than Hlaing, Aung Thu Tun, Aung Thu Nyein, Ma Khaing, Aung Kyaw Myo & Ma Pe Nyein
Water flooded a portion of road between Mezalikone and Htookyi in Ayeyawady region (Photo-Aung Kyaw Myo).

 

Torrential rain caused swelling of water in dams and increased water levels in Homalin, Ingapu, Salin, Saku, Minbya and Demawso and sources report that some villagers went missing within the surging waters.

Thawonhwatwa village and nearby villages within Homalin Township, Sagaing region are now submerged under water due to torrential rains. School is closed in Thawonhwatwa village.

Mamyachaung embankment in Ingapu Township, Ayeyawady region, burst open on June 12 due to swelling water from a mountain stream flooding villages and paddy fields.

“We came as soon as we were informed about the hole in the embankment but we are not able to mend it. So we evacuated to avoid casualties. We will mend it after water recedes,” said Sai Than Oo, deputy head of Ingapu Township Irrigation and Water Resources Utilization Management Department.

Thein Oo, administrator of Bayarngoteto village tract said a villager drifted away in the water. The Red Cross and Fire Services Department have been informed and a search is still underway.

Authorities issued flood warnings in Kyauktaw, Rakhine State due to increasing water level in Kalatan River and some families living at lower levels of Paletwa, Chin State have to be relocated.

“Water usually enters like that in monsoon season. The water danger level is at 1,600 centimeters and now it is still at 1,220 centimeters. We’ve warned the locals to not build their homes on low land but land is scarce in the area so they built them,” said Koe Aung, administrator of Paletwa Township.

Vessels in Minbya and some townships in Rakhine State had to temporarily stop their voyages. Some wards and villages in the townships have been submerged.

Water levels exceeded six feet over the maximum level at Eainma dam in Magway region on June 13 and resulting flood victims are sheltering at relief camps in Saku Township. Water levels in Salin dyke also exceeded its limits and the authorities alerted people living beside  the stream, according to officials from irrigation department, Saku Township administrator Kyi Min and MP Thet Khaing of Salin Constituency.

Most of the streams in Magway are full of water as seasonal rains continuously poured from June 9 to 13.

Rain also occurred in Demawso Township, causing landslides and resulting in a missing villager on June 13.

Four buffalos are dead and two fell ill in Taydubya village and Township. The Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department instructed its staffs to inject vaccines for cows and buffalos.

About 200 acres of paddy fields in Lobarkho village have been damaged due to the torrential rain.