Unusual high tides sweep Yangon River, defying norms

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People from Dala Township are seen arriving in Yangon after crossing the Yangon River by sampans.  (PHOTO: AFP)

Myanma Port Authority issued a warning that the Yangon River will rise above the normal level between 17 and 19 August.
The height of the Yangon River will be above the datum from about 19.98 feet to approximately 20.08 feet. When the estimated tide height exceeds 20 feet above the datum, a notification is issued that aims to help workers who are living near the riverside areas to prepare and be aware.
During the period from 27 to 31 October 2019, Yangon River experienced an extraordinarily high tide from about 20.15 feet to about 21.13 feet above the datum.
Additionally, the Yangon River has risen to a height of about 22 feet above the datum, so there is no need to worry too much, according to the Myanma Port Authority.
Most of the rivers in Myanmar have reached the critical water level and above due to heavy rain and the flooding of roads and railways has led to the inflow of water to the villages. Authorities concerned advised the people who are living near those rivers to evacuate and be alerted for safety. — TWA/MKKS

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