Hundreds of houses destroyed in squall
Over a thousand people have been displaced and over 200 houses damaged by squall in coastal villages in Ye township.
OVER a thousand villagers were displaced yesterday when a squall damaged houses and other structures in Ye Township in Mon State, the state Disaster Management Department said.
The Disaster Management Department said among the buildings damaged by the squall included residential houses, monasteries and schools.
It said approximately 1250 people from Kalargok Village, located near the coastline, were displaced.
“The storm happened early in the morning. Our personnel are in the field to collect more information on the actual number of people affected,” an official of the department said.
Dr Kyaw Moe Oo, general director of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology said that the squall was likely triggered by a larger storm since the weather disturbance caused clouds in the area to be dispersed and triggered tornado-like winds.
“Winds from a storm area can cause this kind of tempest. And the low pressure area is located in the Bay of Bengal near delta and southern Rakhine costal line,” he said.
The weather bureau said residents living in delta areas and the southern Rakhine coast line will be more affected because the low pressure area will cross those locations before weakening gradually.
It added that, due to the low pressure area, rains could continue until Thursday in most parts of the country, especially in Yangon, Rakhine, Bago, Magwe, Mandalay, Ayeyawwaddy, Kayah, Nyapyitaw and Shan State.
More rain is expected in Yangon and most parts of the country until Thursday, the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology said.