Yangon-Bagan railway resumes service

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A locomotive seen at Yangon Railways Station. Photo: Pwint Thit Sar

Following continuous heavy rain, some sections of Yangon-Bagan railway was inundated on 29 August and railway service was suspended. Myanma Railways (MR) announced yesterday that Yangon-Bagan railway has resumed again after a one-day disruption.
Swa dam’s spillway, located in Thaingwa village tract, Yedashe Township, Bago Region, broke on 29 August morning and water from the dam flooded over train tracks between Gonegyi and Swa railway stations on Yangon-Mandalay road. The rail tracks were inundated between mileposts 190/18 and 190/24.
Following heavy rains, the rail tracks on Yangon-Bagan railway between milepost 217/16 and 217/20 were covered with silts and sand. Therefore the authorities temporarily suspended the railway service along Yangon-Bagan railway and passengers who bought tickets for 29 August were refunded.
Similarly, a spillway collapsed in Swa Dam on the morning of August 29 and water poured out from the dam covering the rail tracks. Some railway trips were temporarily suspended for that day and MR has also refunded the ticket fees to passengers who bought tickets for the 29 August trip.
MR authorities are also temporarily suspending trains services departing from Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw and Thazi stations. Authorities under the supervision of Union Minister for Transport and Communications and Myanma Railways senior officials are working towards resuming the railway services as soon as possible. According to MR, timely announcements will be made to passengers on the resumption of the services.


Pwint Thit Sar

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