Mon­soon mis­ery drenches Man­dalay

Near-record rain­fall yes­ter­day caused streets in sev­eral low-ly­ing ar­eas within the city lim­its to be­come swamped with knee-deep wa­ter.

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - PHYO WAI KYAW phy­owaikyaw@mm­times.com – Trans­la­tion by Emoon

LOW-LY­ING roads and town­ships within the city of Man­dalay flooded af­ter near-record rain­fall yes­ter­day, and lo­cals are wor­ried that the rains will con­tinue. The De­part­ment of Me­te­o­rol­ogy and Hy­drol­ogy recorded 6.26 inches (15.9 cen­time­tres) of rain­fall, less than 1 inch shy of the Au­gust 24, 1987, record of 6.89 inches.

“It was not ab­sorbed into the soil be­cause there was also heavy rain at the begin­ning of this month,” said Daw San, who lives in Aung Myay Tharzan town­ship’s Pwe Gone ward. “The wa­ter rose into the houses this time; it was quickly up to my knee. We are wor­ried about more heavy rain.”

Some roads in Chan Mya Tharsi town­ship’s Myo Thit ward – in­clud­ing Thaik Pan Street, the west part of 26th Street, and 27th, 30th, 35th, 73rd and 90th streets – were swamped, as were lower wards in Amara­pura town­ship.

“Tarpaulin tents will not keep peo­ple safe be­cause they can­not go back to their houses when the wa­ter has not yet sub­sided,” said Shwe Kyat Yat Vil­lage Tract Ad­min­is­tra­tion Group mem­ber U Than Aung. “Peo­ple are scared about more rain. River wa­ter is not a worry be­cause it has sub­sided.”

Ear­lier in Au­gust the Aye­yarwady River rose about 3 feet (1 me­tre) above its danger level but sub­sided the fol­low­ing week.

Cur­rently the river is 1018cm (33.4 feet) deep, said wa­ter-level spe­cial­ist U Win Than Hlaing. The danger level for the Aye­yarwady River is 1260cm.

Photo: Phyo Wai Kyaw

A boy ped­als his bike through high wa­ter on 89th Street near Thiri Man­dalar Bus Sta­tion in Man­dalay yes­ter­day.

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