As flood­wa­ter re­cedes, U Bein Bridge re­opens

The Myanmar Times - - News - PHYO WAI KYAW phy­owaikyaw@mm­times.com

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

Photo: Phyo Wai Kyaw

U Bein Bridge is again wel­com­ing vis­i­tors.

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