Hun­dreds of houses de­stroyed in squall

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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.

Photo: Shin Moe Myint

More rain is ex­pected in Yangon and most parts of the coun­try un­til Thurs­day, the Depart­ment of Me­te­o­rol­ogy and Hy­drol­ogy said.

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