Shel­ter camps pre­pared in Si­dok­taya city in Magwe

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - News - NAY AUNG nayaung@mm­times.com

LO­CAL au­thor­i­ties in Si­dok­taya town­ship in Magwe Re­gion will pre­pared tem­po­rary shel­ters or set up camps if flood­ing due to heavy rain hits the town though it has not yet hap­pened.

The wa­ter lev­els of Mone dam near Si­dok­taya city and Kyi Ohn Kyi Wa dam, about 20 miles south of Mone dam, are ris­ing due to con­tin­u­ous heavy rains.

Like­wise, wa­ter level of Si Mee stream, which flows near Si­dok­taya city, is ris­ing and that is why, four shel­tered camps were de­fined on Wed­nes­day in a joint ef­fort by a town­ship ad­min­is­tra­tion team and civil so­ci­ety groups.

U Win Myint Htwe of Si­dok­taya city told The Myan­mar Times that the flood­ing had not yet hit the city Thurs­day, but it would even­tu­ally be af­fected if heavy rain con­tin­ues.

We have pre­pared shel­tered camps in case of floods. All of us faced dif­fi­cul­ties in the 2015 flood­ing due to a lack of prepa­ra­tion,” U Win Myint Htwe of Si­dok­taya city, who helped to pre­pare the camps, said.

In 2015, floods hit Si­dok­taya town­ship of Magwe.

Shel­ter camps for about 4000 peo­ple were opened at ba­sic high schools, pri­mary schools, the fire de­part­ment and the Live­stock Breed­ing and Ve­teri­nary De­part­ment, which are in the hilly re­gion of Si­dok­taya.

Due to the con­tin­u­ous heavy rain, the wa­ter level is ris­ing at Mone dam, in the up­per part of the town­ship.

It has ranged from 505 feet on Tues­day to 525ft on Wed­nes­day, ac­cord­ing to the records of U Ko Ko Htwe at Mone Chaung Hy­dropower Sta­tion.

The stream burst its banks and flooded vil­lages and bridges in Magwe.

About 5000 res­i­dents have been re­lo­cated to safe places and trans­porta­tion has been cut off as the roads are cov­ered with wa­ter.

Last week, a dam col­lapsed in Pakokku town­ship trig­ger­ing floods in sev­eral vil­lages.

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