Mandalay gets soaked by Trop­i­cal Storm Dianmu

The Myanmar Times - - News - PHYO WAI KYAW phy­owaikyaw@mm­

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

Photo: Phyo Wai Kyaw

Heavy rain­fall on Au­gust 20 causes flood­ing on 26th Street near Zeigyo Mar­ket in Mandalay.

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