Record rain takes toll on Magwe Region
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.
Record levels of rain has flooded Minbu township.