Chindwin River exceeds danger level
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.