Ris­ing wa­ter knocks out new Nay Pyi Taw bridge

The Myanmar Times - - News - HTOO THANT thanhtoo@mm­times.com – Trans­la­tion by Khine Thazin Han

AS mon­soon rains drenched the coun­try, a Nay Pyi Taw bridge paid for by lo­cals was knocked out by ris­ing creek wa­ter yes­ter­day morn­ing, res­i­dents said.

The bridge, in east­ern Lewe town­ship’s Aye Chan Thar vil­lage, broke in the mid­dle at 6:30am, said res­i­dent Ko Aye.

“The pub­lic is hav­ing a hard time with trans­porta­tion,” he told The Myan­mar Times.

In 2014, res­i­dents do­nated cash for the con­struc­tion of the bridge, which opened on July 20 of this year.

Some sec­tions of the bridge were knocked out pre­vi­ously but they were al­ways re­paired by au­thor­i­ties. This time, many sec­tions, to­talling about 75 feet (22.7 me­tres), have been de­stroyed.

“Now the stu­dents and teach­ers who come to the vil­lages for school are hav­ing trans­porta­tion is­sues,” said Ko Aye. “It is also dif­fi­cult for peo­ple to go down­town for their health, so­cial, food and cloth­ing needs. We will ask the town­ship to make the re­pairs quickly.”

The bro­ken bridge tra­verses Pa Lway Creek, which is fed by the Paunglaung River. The rapidly ris­ing wa­ter, orig­i­nat­ing in the river, knocked out the bridge.

Rain is also flood­ing roads and build­ings in other Nay Pyi Taw town­ships, res­i­dents said.

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