Heavy rain, landslides likely due to cyclone, weather bureau warns

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Yangon, 30 July — The weather bureau warned of heavy rains, strong winds and landslides across Myanmar on Thursday as tropical cyclone “Komen” was set to cross the southern coast of Bangladesh near Chittagong area.
The Meteorology and Hydrology Department rated the weather system an orange stage cyclonic storm, warning Chin and Rakhine states, as well as Magway Region, to be on high alert.
Sagaing, Mandalay, Magway, Bago, Yangon, Taninthayi and Ayeyawady regions, as well as Chin, Rakhine, Shan, Kayin and Mon states were forecast to see heavy falls, strong winds, flash floods and landslides within 12 hours from Thursday morning due to the cyclone, the announcement said.
Maximum wind speeds of 60 to 90 miles per hour are forecast for Maungtaw District and 50 to 70 miles per hour in Sittway District while “Komen” is crossing the coasts of Bangladesh, the announcement said.
Frequent squalls with rough to very rough seas were forecast off and along Myanmar coasts with surface wind speeds reaching 50 to 60 miles per hour.
The cyclone was centered over the Northeast Bay of Bengal about 50 miles Southwest of Chittagong in Bangladesh and 135 miles northwest of Sittway at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
The department advised trawlers, vessels and ships off and along Myanmar coasts to avoid the path of the cyclone.—GNLM

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