Chind­win River ex­ceeds dan­ger level

The Myanmar Times - - News - MYINT KAY THI my­in­tkaythi@mm­times.com

THE Depart­ment of Me­te­o­rol­ogy and Hy­drol­ogy an­nounced yes­ter­day that wa­ter lev­els along the Chind­win River ex­ceeded their dan­ger marks at three lo­ca­tions in Sa­gaing Re­gion. Wa­ters pushed past the mark by 2 feet (0.6 me­tres) at Paung­byin town­ship, and 1.5 feet at both Ho­ma­lin and Mawlaik.

The depart­ment said Mawlaik is ex­pected to see wa­ters rise an ad­di­tional six inches (15 cen­time­tres) over the next 24 hours, while lev­els are pre­dicted to drop at the Ho­ma­lin and Paung­byin over the next cou­ple days.

Fore­cast­ing for the next 10 days, as Myan­mar reaches the ap­prox­i­mate mid­point of the mon­soon sea­son, sees Chind­win River wa­ter lev­els fall­ing 2-4 feet at Ho­ma­lin, Paung­byin and Hkamti town­ships, but con­tin­u­ing to rise by 1 to 2 feet at Mawlaik, Kalaywa, Min­gin, Kani and Monywa town­ships.

The DMH an­nounced that heav­ier than av­er­age rains and thun­der­storms can be ex­pected in up­per Sa­gaing Re­gion, as well as Kachin State and north­ern Shan State from July 20 to July 22.

“Rain­fall is fore­cast at 2 inches or more in up­per Sa­gaing and Kachin [states],” said U Kyaw Lwin Oo, di­rec­tor of the DMH, on July 19.

Far­ther south, the Nga Won River in Aye­yarwady Re­gion also passed its dan­ger mark yes­ter­day, ris­ing 1 foot above the warn­ing level. It is ex­pected to re­main above the safe zone for at least the next five days.

“Peo­ple who live near the Nga Won River and in low-ly­ing ar­eas are ad­vised to be on alert,” said a DMH state­ment.

Along the up­per stretches of the Aye­yarwady River, which also ter­mi­nates in the delta, 10-day fore­cast­ing has wa­ters ris­ing 3 to 6 feet at My­itky­ina, Bhamaw/Bhamo, Sh­wegu and Katha town­ships in Kachin State, Thabeikkyin town­ship in Man­dalay Re­gion and My­inmu town­ship in Sa­gaing Re­gion.

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