Mandalay gets soaked by Tropical Storm Dianmu
ROADS and neighborhoods are flooded after Mandalay Region got hit by another round of heavy rains on August 20, the second soaking in less than a week.
The area got 5.24 inches (13.3 centimetres) of rainfall, according to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology. On August 14, the area got 6.26 inches of rainfall, just shy of the 6.89-inch record set in 1987.
The recent rains were a result of Tropical Storm Dianmu, which formed in the South China Sea and made landfall in northern Vietnam on August 19.
“Mandalay has had lots of rain this year,” Aung Myay Tharzan township resident Ma Thin Zar said yesterday. “Water flooded houses due to the heavy rain this week. The water level was more than thigh-high in our house after yesterday’s rain. People are afraid when one or two raindrops fall.”
Downtown’s main roads – including 26th, 27th, 30th, 35th, 62nd, 65th, 66th, 71st, 73rd, 78th, 80th, 84th, 89th and Tatepan streets – were flooded on August 20, causing transportation problems. Creeks such as the Columbo, Shwe Tachaung, Mgwe Tachaung, Thingazar and Panyantaw were overflowing.
“The rain caused floods in Mandalay but the situation is not bad on our side,” Amarapura township elder U Myint Soe said yesterday. “Most of the people who had been living on the streets because of the flooding have returned to their homes. Only people with livestock have not gone back yet.”
– Translation by Khant Lin Oo
Heavy rainfall on August 20 causes flooding on 26th Street near Zeigyo Market in Mandalay.