Saturday, August 19, 2017

Chindwin River tops danger level in four Sagaing townships

The height of the Chindwin River has exceeded the danger level in Hkamti, Homalin, Paungbyin and Mawlaik townships in Sagaing Region and is expected to rise more than another foot in the next 24 to 48 hours, according to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH).

The river’s water level exceeded its danger level by 1½ft in Hkamti, 2ft in Homalin, and ½ft in Paungbyin and Mawlaik, the department said Wednesday, and is expected to rise a further foot in Hkamti, 1½ft in Homalin and 2ft in Paungbyin and Mawlaik in the next 24 to 48 hours.

The Chindwin’s water level in Kalaywa township is 2½ft below the danger mark but is expected to reach it in the next 48 hours.

U Kyaw Moe Oo, deputy director of DMH, said on Tuesday that the river reached the danger level at Homalin on Monday.

“The Chindwin will continue to be high during the next two or three days in Hkamti, Homalin, Paungbyin, Mawlaik, Mingin and Monywa. The department issued flood warnings due to heavy rains in Kachin and Sagaing at the end of June,” he said.

The department issued the warning to people living in Homalin, Hkamti, Paungbyin, Mawlaik and Kalaywa.

He said heavy rains are expected to continue in Sagaing and Kachin during the next two or three days.

“Heavy rains or isolated heavy rain will continue in Kachin, Sagaing, Rakhine, Mon, Kayin and Bago due to the monsoon and clouds from the Himalayas,” he said.

“Some low-lying areas in the regions, such as some villages in Hkamti, could be flooded due to the heavy rain,” he added.

“People should cooperate with regional natural disaster management authorities in the event of flooding,” he said.

The department warned people who live near or in low-lying areas of the Chindwin and Ayeyarwady River to be aware of the water level and flooding.

The DMH said heavy rains or isolated heavy rain are expected in Nay Pyi Taw, upper Sagaing, Bago, Yangon, Ayeyarwady, Tanintharyi, Kachin, Rakhine, Chin, Shan, Kayah, Kayin and Mon.

Winds of 30 to 35 miles per hour and 6ft to 9ft waves are expected in the coastal area.

U Maung Kin, who does road work in Hkamti, said that floodwaters reached some low-lying areas of the township due to heavy rains last week.

“There was no damage, but people have been inconvenienced by the floodwater,” he said Wednesday.

“Last year, I faced floodwaters for about two weeks but I didn’t move because my house wasn’t damaged. We always have flooding in the rainy season, so people tend to prepare themselves to move or to just live with it.”