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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.