As floodwater recedes, U Bein Bridge reopens
U BEIN Bridge, which closed to pedestrians on August 1 because Taungthaman Lake was rapidly filling with water from the Ayeyarwady River, was reopened yesterday morning.
After a week, the water level dropped 4 feet below Mandalay’s historic U Bein Bridge, said Taungthaman Boating Association chair U Soe Win.
“There is no damage to the bridge,” he said yesterday. “The visitors are coming as usual.”
Cars and motorcycles were barred from using the street around the lake during the flood threat but that order has also been lifted as the water levels have subsided.
Some stretches of the bridge’s famed walkway were inundated last week as water levels exceeded 2 feet beyond the danger level.
This inundation was the worst since late 2004, when some of the bridge’s pillars were swept away by the water. The bridge, which is an attraction for tourists and locals, especially at sunset, was built by township official U Bein, for whom the bridge is named, with 1000 teak pillars about 160 years ago.
– Translation by San Layy
U Bein Bridge is again welcoming visitors.