Wind and hail batters Sagaing

Strong wind destroys a pagoda’s umbrella in Khin-U Township, Sagaing Region.

Strong wind and hail swept central Myanmar, destroying houses and damaging pagodas.
In Sagaing, strong winds killed someone, destroyed railway staff accommodation and cut electricity and Shwebo district, Sagaing Region, was the worst hit area.
Monasteries and schools collapsed and roads were closed in Kalay Township, Sagaing.
“Four houses were destroyed and the roofs of 44 houses were blown away. In Shawdaw village, a school almost collapsed and 25 houses lost their roofs. We are now inspecting the damage,” said Chan Pe Yan from Kalay Township Administrative Department.
“We found that a wall collapsed and a pagoda umbrella was leaning. The monastery’s roof blew away. No causalities were reported. A novice from Gyoke Thone Pin monastery injured his hand blowing glass,” said a Kalay resident.
“We are in contact with the Social Welfare Relief and Resettlement Department in Sagaing Region to support victims and the minister is inspecting the damage,” said MP That Wai Kyaw from Sagaing Region parliament.
Heavy rain fell in Khin-U and Ye-U townships, Shwebo District, Sagaing Region.
“Powerful wind hit three villages in Khin-U Township like a tornado blowing roofs off houses and schools. Falling trees have blocked the roads. Phone lines were cut but there were no injuries,” said Aung Myint Thaung from Ye-U Township.
Temperatures of 42 degrees Celsius had whipped up strong winds and thunder in Shwebo Township.
Wind and hail hit in Ton Zang and Tiddim townships in Chin State but there was no damage reported.