Record rain takes toll on Magwe Re­gion

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - PHOTO: NAY AUNG

Rain­fall records were set in Magwe, Minbu, and Salin town­ships over the last week, wreck­ing roads and bridges, while flood­ing has dis­placed hun­dreds of fam­i­lies and shut­tered more than 200 schools.

RECORD rain­falls knocked out roads and bridges in Magwe Re­gion’s Ngape and Si­dok­taya town­ships near the end of the Aye­yarwady River.

Fast-mov­ing wa­ter from moun­tain rain­fall on July 30 and 31 dam­aged a con­crete bridge con­nect­ing the vil­lages in Ngape as well as an iron and con­crete bridge con­nect­ing Salin and Si­dok­taya town­ships.

At 3:20am on Au­gust 1, two 30-foot sec­tions of the 200-foot-long bridge con­nect­ing Manhsone and Aung­pin­leh vil­lages in Ngape town­ship were de­stroyed be­cause ero­sion caused a sup­port pole on the Manhsone side to sink lower into the Pan­dein Man Stream.

Trans­porta­tion to and from Si­dok­taya town­ship was cut off for two days, July 31 and Au­gust 1, be­cause roads and bridges were flooded or de­stroyed by heavy rain, Magwe Re­gion Hlut­taw MP Daw Nyo Nyo Oo (NLD; Si­dok­taya 1) told The Myan­mar Times. As a re­sult, trade prices in­creased, she said.

“The bridge on the way to Salin town­ship, which con­nects Si­dok­taya town­ship to other towns, was knocked down,” she said. “Some of the route to Ngape town­ship was de­stroyed by floods. The trade prices have in­creased be­cause the route is blocked.”

Rain­fall records were set in Magwe town­ship, Minbu town­ship, and in Sin­phyukyun vil­lage in Salin town­ship, ac­cord­ing to a July 31 re­port from the Depart­ment of Me­te­o­rol­ogy and Hy­drol­ogy.

Ac­cord­ing to the Magwe Re­gion ed­u­ca­tion of­fice, as of Au­gust 3, 260 schools in 15 town­ships of Magwe Re­gion are closed.

Photo: Nay Aung

Record lev­els of rain has flooded Minbu town­ship.

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