Supporting dam reduces annual flood damage


Under the supervision of the Sagaing Region government, the Irrigation Department is building the Htanzalok water supporting dam on Bukha Creek in Monywa Township.
Htanzalok Dam was built in 1996 and began storing water in 1998. Its storage capacity is 2,800-acre feet.
“Water flowing out from the spillway of the dam causes flood in villages and along the entrance road to Monywa yearly,” an official of Irrigation Department said. “So, the region government gave guidance for construction of a supporting dam, five miles upstream of Htanzalok Dam. The supporting dam will have a 1,890-foot long earthen embankment.”
The supporting dam is being built with the aim of helping local farmers.
“We are trying hard to inaugurate the dam in coming September. Construction is 69 percent complete,” Engineer U Zaw Min Tun of Irrigation Department said.
Htanzalok Dam irrigates 1,468 acres of farmlands in the region. Upon completion of the supporting dam, Htanzalok Dam can extend its irrigation area year-round.
Po Chan (Monywa)

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