About 600 peo­ple dis­placed by flood in Khamti

Mizzima Business Weekly - - NEWS ROUNDUPS - Soe Thu Aung

Khamti Town­ship Ad­min­is­tra­tor Khin Maung Sint told Mizzima that about 600 peo­ple were dis­placed by flood­ing and tak­ing refuge at re­lief camps af­ter the wa­ter level in the Chind­win River rose above dan­ger level.He added that a to­tal of three flood re­lief camps were opened in My­athein­tan, Zi­phyukone af­fil­i­ated Mid­dle School and Maing monastery.

Khamti town is in Sa­gaing Re­gion. Ad­min­stra­tor Khin Maung Sint said: “We have opened th­ese flood re­lief camps since the fourth of this month. There were very few dis­placed peo­ple by flood­ing when th­ese camps were first opened and then the num­ber of dis­placed peo­ple rose as the wa­ter level in the river reached above dan­ger level.

The lat­est num­ber of dis­placed peo­ple in th­ese camps is over 600 peo­ple.” Over 600 peo­ple from Khamti Town­ship in­clud­ing Zi­phyukone ward, My­oma ward and Pawma ward are tak­ing refuge in the camps.

Ad­min­is­tra­tor Khin Maung Sint said: “The peo­ple have to take refuge at the re­lief camps when the wa­ter in­un­dated their homes. A to­tal of 23 schools have to be closed so far be­cause of the flood.”

Ac­cord­ing to the weather fore­cast re­leased by Me­te­o­rol­ogy and Hy­drol­ogy Depart­ment, the wa­ter level in the Chind­win River is about 4.5 feet above dan­ger level in Khamti at 1:30 p.m on July 11 and it will fall by about one foot within one day. The flood wa­ter level may re­main above the dan­ger level.

Me­te­o­rol­o­gist Tun Lwin warned that the wa­ter level in Chind­win River would re­main above the dan­ger level in cities on the banks of the Chind­win River, namely (1) Khamti, (2) Hom­ma­lin, (3) Phaung­pyin, (4) Mawlaik, (5) Kalewa, (6) Minkin, and (7) Monywa and the wa­ter level may rise by 1 to 2 feet within the next three days.

The Me­te­o­rol­ogy and Hy­drol­ogy Depart­ment said in its ad­vi­sory that the peo­ple liv­ing near the river bank and low ly­ing ar­eas should be on the alert and take care of the ris­ing wa­ter level and the flood­ing.

Flood­ing in Khamti. Photo: Face­book

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