Unusual rising of water level in Yangon River inundate low laying areas of Dala Township

Local residents wade through knee-high water levels in Dala Township. photo: Naing lin kyaw (Dala)
Local residents wade through knee-high water levels in Dala Township. photo: Naing lin kyaw (Dala)

Due to the unusual high tide, water level in Yangon River rises around 4pm on 13 August and water flows into low lying wards around the port and ferry jetty in Dala Township reaching a water depth of about 4 ft. The tidal water level was above the level reached the day before and some houses were inundated. By 6pm the water began to subside. Despite the unusual high tide, Cherry ferry boats plying the Pansodan-Dala route continue its service at the scheduled time.
People staying in low lying wards and along the river were concerned about the rising water level. “The tide started to rise unusually high starting from the afternoon. Yesterday, it wasn’t this high. As the tide rises in the afternoon, it is very dangerous for workers and students. They need to be careful. Parents also should warn their children not to enter the water in the creeks. They can be swept away,” said a U Tun Tun, a local.
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. A portion of a wall of a monastery collapsed said head of village administration U Kyi Soe. Similarly, due to water inflow into Kama Aung creek, main roads and side roads in Myoma ward (1), Myoma ward (2), Myomaw ward (3), Myoma ward (4), Antgyi east ward, Antgyi west ward were underwater. Water enters into some houses and bridge over Kama Aung creek was underwater it is learnt. Yazathingyan road in Hmawset ward and the road along the creek was under water to a depth of one and half foot but the water subsided and there wasn’t much to worry said ward administrator U Tin Shein. During the months of monsoon, and during high tide periods water rises to record levels but it usually subsides it is learnt. — Naing Lin Kyaw (Dala)

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