By Aye Sapay Phyu | Wednesday, 05 August 2015
Heavy rain has been forecast for southern Myanmar in the coming week, including some areas that have already seen flooding, an official from the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology said on August 4.
“In the first 10 days of August, monsoon will be strongest in the southern areas of the Bay of Bengal due to the effects of a typhoon in the South China Sea,” said the department’s director U Kyaw Lwin Oo.
“As a result, the eastern Ayeyarwady delta area, and the Mon State and Tanintharyi Region coastal areas, can have heavy rain until August 12. Monsoon will not be as strong in other parts of the bay until the middle of August.”
He said upper and eastern parts of Myanmar can see 8 to 10 inches (203 to 254 millimetres) of rainfall from August 3 to 11, while coastal areas of Mon and Tanintharyi are likely to receive more than 10 inches during the same period.
U Kyaw Lwin Oo also suggested that flood preparations be made in areas of lower Myanmar susceptible to flooding due to the combination of heavy rain and water flowing downstream from areas that have already been inundated.
The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology announced on August 3 that the Ayeyarwady, Chindwin, Sittoung, Shwe Kyin, Thanlwin, and Nga Wun rivers were above danger levels in Pakokku, Minbu and Magwe in Magwe Region; Nyaung Oo in Mandalay Region; Aunglan, Pyay, Madauk and Shwegyin in Bago Region; Hinthada, Zalun and Nga-thaing Chaung in Ayeyarwady Region; Mawlaik, Kalewa and Monywa in Sagaing Region; and Hpa-an in Kayin State.
The department warned residents who live beside rivers and low-lying areas to beware of flooding, and said that for the month of August above-normal rainfall was likely in upper Sagaing, Bago and Yangon regions, and in Chin, Rakhine, Kayin and Mon states, while the rest of the country would see normal amounts of rainfall.