BAGO, Myanmar — A serious effort was underneath approach to attain hundreds of individuals trapped of their houses after a dam swollen by monsoon rain overflowed early Wednesday in central Myanmar, officers mentioned. A surge of water inundated the agricultural flatland in Bago area after the Swar Chaung dam spillway, which regulates the discharge of water, collapsed attributable to heavy seasonal rain.
AFP reporters in Kayin village described how some individuals waded by means of chest-deep water to get to larger floor.
Many others remained trapped of their half-submerged houses as rescuers labored into the night time to attempt to ferry residents out.
No casualties have but been reported however greater than 12,600 individuals have taken shelter in about 30 short-term camps, Ministry of Social Welfare director Phyu Lae Lae Tun advised AFP.
“There are greater than 14,000 households and a few 63,000 individuals affected by the waters,” she mentioned.
The torrent additionally fractured a part of a bridge on the Yangon-Mandalay freeway linking Myanmar’s two largest cities.
Deputy Minister for Building Kyaw Linn advised reporters the bridge’s supporting towers had been sinking.
“We are going to get divers to go down and verify after the water ranges recede,” he mentioned.
Military chief Min Aung Hlaing, underneathfollowing a damning UN report this week on the Rohingya disaster, was fast to reach on the scene on Wednesday morning.
“Now we have to work collectively,” he mentioned. “The spillway won’t be able to be managed till the water circulate stops.”
The deluge comes simply weeks after heavy monsoon rains pummelled Myanmar, inflicting widespread flash floods that pressured some 150,000 individuals to flee their houses.
Southeast Asia’s annual monsoon season runs from round June to November.
Regional neighbour Laos was hit badly final month when heavy rainfall precipitated the collapse of a dam. No less than 35 individuals had been killed, scores went lacking and hundreds extra languished in shelters.
The $1.2 billion Xe-Namnoy dam — a three way partnership between South Korean, Thai and Laotian corporations — collapsed on July 23 after heavy rains, unleashing a barrage of water that swept away complete villages within the nation’s south.
The communist nation has since suspended its hydropower technique to grow to be the “battery of Asia” by damming rivers and promoting electrical energy to its neighbours.
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