Some areas in Myanmar face high day temperature, but some areas suffer torrential rains and strong winds.
The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology recently stated that daytime temperature hit 37°C in Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon and more than 40°C in some cities of upper Myanmar. Among them, people from Mandalay and Myingyan townships are victims of heat in summer.
Although the high hotness of the summer hit the people in the dry zone of the country, torrential rains and strong winds destroyed some houses, schools and public buildings in some parts of the nation due to the terrible impacts of climate change.
For the people to avoid hotness and bad weather, the Ministry of Health and Sports disseminates warnings for the prevention of hotness, dos and don’ts for prevention of dengue, hemorrhagic fever and heat stroke, and danger of ultraviolet ray.
Hence, people need to have proper health knowledge on how to avoid the outbreak of diseases caused in the late summer and how to evade natural disasters, which mostly happen in the early monsoon.
In recent days, most of the areas in lower Myanmar faced heavy rains. Similar events caused immediate flooding in some townships of the Yangon Region. Hence, people need to take care of their lifestyle, especially wearing clothes suitable for the changing climates on a daily basis.
People should carry out sanitation around their environs and dredge the drains for proper flow of water whenever heavy rains hit them. Such activities are designed to prevent the regeneration of insects such as fly and mosquito, which bear communicable diseases.
In fact, the month of May is an interim period between the summer and the monsoon. Very hotness of the summer and sudden wetness and coldness can bring unexpected seasonal impacts to the people. Hence, people need to have proper health knowledge on how to avoid the outbreak of diseases caused in the late summer and how to evade natural disasters, which mostly happen in the early monsoon.
Without losing the information about the COVID-19, all the people should review the situations of two seasons while analyzing the announcements over climatic conditions issued by relevant departments and broadcast by TV and radio in order to avoid the unprecedented and unexpected events such as cyclonic storm Nargis which swept various parts of Myanmar in 2008.