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