Sunday, September 25, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Heavy rains flood low-lying townships, roads in Mandalay

Low-Lying roads and townships within the city of Mandalay flooded after near-record rainfall yesterday, and locals are worried that the rains will continue. The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology recorded 6.26 inches (15.9 centimetres) of rainfall, less than 1 inch shy of the August 24, 1987, record of 6.89 inches.

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Government and civil society groups meet for flood aid

Ensuring better coordination was the objective of an August 11 meeting between government officials and civil society groups in Magwe Region. The goal was to strengthen the network of civil society groups to ensure the proper distribution of aid supplies for flood victims while avoiding duplication of effort.

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Depression forms over Bay of Bengal, raising warning

The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology has raised its storm alert warning level to “orange” as a low-pressure area over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a tropical depression this week.

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Waters, but not worries, recede in flooded Mandalay villages

High waters along the Ayeyarwady River in Mandalay Region’s Amarapura and Tada-U townships have begun to recede, but victims of flooding in the area say they are not out of the woods yet, as sanitation concerns linger and many remain displaced.

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Asho Chin literature coming to Magwe Region textbooks

School textbooks containing Asho literature will be printed soon for children who identify as Asho, commonly grouped as one of the ethnic Chin people’s many tribes, in Magwe Region, the regional Chin ethnic affairs minister said yesterday.

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Floods don’t curb tourism at Inwa

The Ayeyarwady and Dotehtawaddy river water that flooded the old city of Inwa has not dampened the interest of tourists. Some locals even say there have been more visitors since the high waters.

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Mandalay activists mark pro-democracy revolt with tributes, eye toward future

Mandalay commemorated the 28th anniversary of the so-called “8888 Uprising” yesterday, with activists gathering at the Dhammasala Hall to remember Myanmar’s fallen democracy champions and look ahead to the country’s political future.

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As floodwater recedes, U Bein Bridge reopens

U Bein Bridge, which closed to pedestrians on August 1 because Taungthaman Lake was rapidly filling with water from the Ayeyarwady River, was reopened yesterday morning.

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Govt stocks seed reserve

About 5000 bushels of reserve seeds have been purchased by the government to help with replanting efforts of farmers whose crops have become submerged by floodwaters in several parts of the country, according to the head of the Department of Agriculture and Irrigation for Mandalay Region.

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Inwa wall’s breach inundates ancient Mandalay sites

Ancient monasteries and tourist attractions are underwater following a breach in the Inwa city wall in Tada-U township, Mandalay Region, that has resulted in severe flooding. Hundreds of local villagers have been driven from their homes to take refuge in surrounding monasteries and are receiving emergency assistance.

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