MON­SOON RAIN TO WEAKEN BY WEEK­END, FORCASTERS SAY

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - AYE SAPAY PHYU news­room@mm­times.com

THE mon­soon that re­sulted in floods in some ar­eas of the coun­try is fore­cast to weaken by the week­end, said U Kyaw Lwin Oo, di­rec­tor of the Depart­ment of Me­te­o­rol­ogy and Hy­drol­ogy on Wed­nes­day.

The depart­ment fore­cast over five inches of rain within 24 hours in Rakhine, Chin, Magwe, Man­dalay and Bago re­gions, with the amount will eas­ing to three inches by Fri­day.

“Heavy rain is ex­pected till Thurs­day and the mon­soon will grad­u­ally weaken later this week,” said U Kyaw Lwin Oo.

A de­pres­sion in the Bay of Ben­gal that made land­fall in Bangladesh early this week strength­ened the mon­soon which gen­er­ated heavy rain in the coun­try, es­pe­cially in coastal ar­eas and cen­tral Myan­mar.

Flood­ing has been re­ported in Magwe, Aye­yarwady and Bago.

The depart­ment is­sued a flood warn­ing for Chid­win River in Sa­gaing Re­gion and the Kal­adan River in Rakhine.

The ad­vi­sory said the wa­ter level of the Chind­win in Ho­ma­lin town­ship was about five feet be­low dan­ger level, and may reach the dan­ger level within the next two days.

Rakhine was hit by a week of heavy rain. Some towns got al­most 9 inches in a day while oth­ers had 3 inches to 5 inches.

The wa­ter level of the Kal­adan in Kyauk­taw town­ship is two feet be­low the dan­ger level and could reach the dan­ger point in the next two days

The depart­ment ad­vised peo­ple liv­ing near the river and low-ly­ing ar­eas in Ho­ma­lin and Kyauk­taw town­ships to take the nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions.

Last month, four peo­ple were killed and hun­dreds of houses dam­aged af­ter a storm hit the coun­try.

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