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Floods and landslides in Myanmar

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Seven people were killed and thousands evacuated as a result of flooding last week, after heavy rain swelled many major rivers to dangerous levels, Myanmar Red Cross Society and state media said last week.

State-run Myanmar Ahlin newspaper reported on July 28 that six people were killed and two injured in a landslide at Yamethin township in Mandalay Region on July 21. The report said the landslide occurred about 10am in the Moe Hti Moe Mi region, located southeast of Yamethin town, following heavy rain.

Five new rainfall records were set from July 19 to 22 in Rakhine and Kayah states, prompting the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) to issued a flood warning for several rivers, including the Thanlwin and Chindwin. The Thanlwin River rose to 108cm above its danger level of 750cm at Hpa-an in Kayin State on July 23 but an officer from the Fire Services Department said the water level had receded to 780cm by July 28. Meanwhile, residents of Bago reported flooding to low-lying areas of the town from July 20 to 26.

The department also issued a flood warning for the Nga Wun River at Nga Thaing Chaung in Ayeyarwady Region on July 27, with the river 27cm above its danger level of 1130cm. MRCS reported that 104 houses had been flooded and 13 washed away in five villages in Nga Thaing Chaung township.

An MRCS official said they had received a report that seven houses in Bawin village in Gwa township, Rakhine State, had also been washed away by floodwater from Kyintali Creek on July 22. Meanwhile, DMH issued a flood warning for the Ayeyarwady River at Hinthada in Ayeyarwady Region, with the river expected to exceed it danger water level within 48 hours of noon of July 27.

On July 20, 1435 people in low-lying areas of Hinthada were displaced because of flooding, according to an MRCS report, with 28 schools were temporarily closed. (MyanmarTimes)

Flood Warning(Issued at 13:00 hr M.S.T on (8-8-2011)

According to the (12:30) hr M. S. T observation today, the water level of Chindwin River at Mawlaik is (1152) cm. It may reach its danger level (1230) cm during the next (48) hours commencing noon today.

According to the (12:30) hr M. S. T observation today, the water level of Chindwin River at Kalewa is (1540) cm. It may exceeded above its danger level (1550) cm during the next (12) hours commencing noon today.

According to the (12:30) hr M. S. T observation today, the water level of Bago River at Bago is (858) cm. It may reach its danger level (910) cm during the next (24) hours commencing noon today.

Flood Bulletin Issued at 13:00 hr M.S.T on (8-8-2011)

According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level of Sittoung River at Toungoo (625) cm has exceeded by (25) cm  (about 0.8 ft) above its danger level. It may remain above its danger level (600) cm during the next (48) hours commencing noon today.

According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level of Sittoung River at Madauk (1190) cm has exceeded by (120) cm  (about 4 ft) above its danger level. It may remain above its danger level (1070) cm during the next (72) hours commencing noon today.

According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level of Shwegyin River at Shwegyin (724) cm has exceeded by (24) cm  (about 0.8 ft) above its danger level. It may remain above its danger level (700) cm during the next (24) hours commencing noon today.

According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level of Ngawun River at Ngathaing Chaung (1159) cm has exceeded by (29) cm  (about 1 ft) above its danger level. It may remain above its danger level (1130) cm during the next (72) hours commencing noon today.

Flood Bulletin Issued at 13:00 hr M.S.T on (7-8-2011)

According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level of Thanlwin River at Hpaan (833) cm has exceeded by (83) cm  (about 2.7 ft) above its danger level. It may remain above its danger level (750) cm during the next (48) hours commencing noon today. (DMH)

MTSAT = Multi-Functional Transport Satellite

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