Myanmar UV index to hit dangerous levels: expert

Buddhist nuns use an umbrella with UV protection to shield themselves from UV rays in Yangon. Photo Aye Min Soe
Buddhist nuns use an umbrella with UV protection to shield themselves from UV rays in Yangon. Photo Aye Min Soe

Nay Pyi Taw, 11 March—Parts of Myanmar may register dangerous levels of ultraviolet radiation on Thursday, the country’s former top weather official has warned.
U Tun Lwin, former director-general of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology, said 13 regions may record potentially harmful UV readings.
The UV index is forecast to reach 12.6 in Yangon Region, 10.9 in Mandalay Region, 12 in Nay Pyi Taw Council Area and Magway Region, 12.5 in Bago Region, 12.5 in Ayeyawady Region, 12.9 in Taninthayi Region, 12.7 in Kayah State, 12.4 in Kayin State, 12.3 in Mon State, 11.6 in Rakhine State, 12.3 in Shan State (South) and 12.2 in Shan State (East).
UV indexes between 10 and 11 can be harmful and pose several health risks, authorities have warned.
The UV index is an international standard measurement of the strength of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun at a particular place and time.
Small amounts of UV radiation can be beneficial. It is essential for the production of Vitamin D, and under medical supervision can be used to treat a number of diseases, including rickets, psoriasis, eczema and jaundice, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
However, at high levels, UV radiation can damage the skin and eyes over time. Worldwide, some 12 to 15 million people become blind annually from cataracts, of which up to 20 percent may be caused or exacerbated by sun exposure, according to the WHO.
Over the past two years, Yangon has seen summertime UV readings nearly reach 13.
Summer in Myanmar lasts from March to May. GNLM

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