16 feared dead as flash flood hits Kalewa Township


FLASH flood in a creek caused by heavy rains in Kalewa Township swept away 16 people on Thursday.
All are feared dead along with more than 20 cattle, and so far two bodies have been found, said local authorities to The Global New Light of Myanmar Saturday.
Kalewa Township Disaster Management Committee is carrying out rescue operations.
Among the victims, 12 are from two families living near the creek where the flash flood happend in the creek around 11 pm due to heavy rain in Sagaing Region.
Around 200 acres of farmland were also buried under the sand brought by the flash flood in the Phonethone creek in Kyaunggyi Village, Chin Chaung Village Tract, in Kalewa Townsip, Sagaing Region.
The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology said in its announcement at 2 pm Saturday that isolated heavy rains are expected in Sagaing, Yangon and Ayeyawady Regions, as well as Kayin and Mon states, with 100 percent degree of certainty.
The weather bureau predicts Yangon and Ayeyawady regions and Kayin and Mon states are expected to experience a continuation of increased rain for the next two days.
The weather bureau Friday warned of heavy rainfall in the country’s upper areas including Sagaing Region, which was badly hit by the floods in July and August.
Kyaukme in Shan State saw a record rainfall on Friday with 4.25 inches. The previous record rainfall of 4.09 inches happened in the same month in 2013.
Squalls with rough seas may occur off and along Myanmar’s deltaic, Gulf of Mottama, off and along Rakhine State, with possible surface wind speeds of up to 35 to 40 miles per hour, the forecast said.

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