Rescue teams are on alert before and while the deep weather depression over the Bay of Bengal approaches landfall on the Rakhine Coast near Ann Town, according to Rakhine State Fire Services Department.
Rescue groups are ready in 17 townships in Rakhine State following the storm warning of the Department of Meteorological and Hydrology.
“We made a storm warning and announced over loudspeakers to the people in the townships of Buthidaung and Maungtaw this morning. Over 100 members including rescue teams are also formed and on alert at the fire service departments in the district. Rescue activities will be carried out depending on the weather conditions,” said U Thant Zin Head of Maungtaw Fire Services Department.
Officials led by assistant heads of the offices of township fire service departments in Maungtaw and Buthidaung towns announced yesterday storm warnings in Maungtaw Town as well as in Buthidaung Town. The tropical weather depression has been classified as being in the red stage, the most severe type of storm.
Red Cross volunteers in Sittway and Manaung townships have been carrying out preparedness for the safety of the local people, with educational signboards and storm warning flags.
“Officials suspended the waterway of Angumaw-Sittway for three days from today. When the weather condition is good, the transportations will run back to normal,” said a travel agent Ko Aung Ko working in Sittway-Maungtaw route.
The weather forecast for the next 12 hours is for a deep depression to cross Rakhine Coasts near Ann Town and weaken after making landfall. As the depression crosses near Ann Town, the maximum wind speed is forecast to about (45-50) miles. When the depression cross the Coast, storm surge will be about (7-9) feet in the Coasts of Manaung, Kyaukphyu and Sittway and (3) feet in Ayeyawady Coasts.
The low-pressure weather system will result in fairly widespread rain or thundershowers in Nay Pyi Taw, Sagaing, Mandalay, Magway, Bago, Yangon and Ayeyawady regions, Kachin, Shan, Chin, Rakhine and Mon states. From 30 May to 31 May, there will be isolated and regionally heavy rainfall.
The amount of rain is expected to exceed 77mm (3 inches) in Upper Sagaing, Bago, Yangon and Ayeyawady regions, Kachin, Shan, Chin, Rakhine and Mon states over the next 24 hours and 38mm (1.5 inches) and above in Nay Pyi Taw, Lower Sagaing, Mandalay and Magway regions.
Frequent squalls with rough to very rough seas will be experienced off and along the Myanmar coast. Surface wind speed in squalls may reach 45 m.p.h. Wave heights will range from 10 to 16 feet along the coast.
The weather bureau advises that residents should be aware of strong wind, heavy rain, flash floods and landslides in the hilly areas and near small rivers. Caution is also given to those on board domestic flight, trawlers, vessels and ships off and along Myanmar coasts.