Floods in Ayeyawady, Chindwin rivers prompt evacuations in Kachin and Sagaing

The water level of the Ayeyawady River has risen in Kachin State due to heavy rains, causing floods in the residential areas of Myitkyina and nearby villages. At noon on 3 July, the river level dropped from the alarm point of 1,368 centimetres to 992 centimetres. The streets in the city were littered with rubbish, prompting Tatmadaw personnel from the Northern Command, fire brigade members, social volunteers, and departmental staff to conduct a collective clean-up operation.
Chief Minister of Kachin State U Khet Htain Nan, Commander of the Northern Command Brigadier General Aung Zaw Htwe, and other officials visited the clean-up sites to encourage the workers and provide necessary support.
Since 2 July, river water has entered Bamao Township in Kachin State. As of 3:30 pm yesterday, the water level had risen 87 centimetres above the emergency level, necessitating the evacuation of 22,361 people. In Shwegu, the water level exceeded the emergency level by 72 centimetres on the afternoon of 3 July, resulting in the evacuation of 492 people.
Similarly, heavy rains in Sagaing Region have caused the Chindwin River to exceed the emergency water level by 175 centimetres, flooding residential areas and villages in Khamti Township. Flood relief camps have been set up at Myatheindan Pagoda compound, TatU Nandawun monastery, Theravada Buddhist Missionary School, and Zeephyugon Primary School, sheltering 685 people. Tatmadaw personnel, fire brigade members, social volunteers, and departmental staff have been assisting with the evacuation, providing healthcare, food, drinking water, and other necessary relief items. —MNA/TMT

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