High tide forces people to leave homes in Mon State, brings floods in Yangon

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Rising water levels in Botahtaung Jetty raises the ferry over the port’s embankment as local residents board to cross the river over to Dala Township. photo: Phoe Khwar

Police in Paung, Mon State, evacuated the fishing community in Ahlyat Village in Paung Township as high tide destroyed their homes yesterday.
The wave destroyed seven homes yesterday and 37 on Monday in the fishing village. Police also relocated 26 houses and evacuated the villagers yesterday, according to the Paung Township General Administration Department.
“Waves about five-foot high struck their homes. We also evacuated patients at the Station Hospital on 12 August. We need to grow mangrove forests here,” said U Tun Min Aung, Pyithu Hluttaw Representative of Paung Township.

High tide hits Bogalay Village, Kayan Township
The high tide has also flowed into Bogalay Village in Kayan Township yesterday, forcing the residents to leave their homes.
Staff of the Kayan Township General Administration Department, police, firefighters, Red Cross members and members of philanthropic associations evacuated the people.

High tide floods low-lying areas
The high tide also pushed the Yangon River over its banks and caused flooding in Dala Township and in low-lying areas along the Strand Road in Yangon since two days ago.
Police have closed a road along the river’s bank following a landslide in Dala yesterday.
Due to the high tide in Dala Township, water rises up to more than 4 ft. in Khanaung Ywama village near the mouth of the river. Water entered into some houses, and a bridge over the Kama Aung creek was also inundated.
During the months of monsoon, and during high tide periods water rises to record levels but it usually subsides, it is learnt.

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