Sagaing Faces More Flooding After Heavy Rains

By The Irrawaddy 7 September 2015

RANGOON — The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology has released flood warnings for seven townships along the Chindwin River in upper Sagaing Division after heavy rains last week.

State-run media reported on Monday that river levels had swelled above danger levels in Mawlaik, Kalewa, Mingin, Homalin, Kani and Monywa over the weekend. The department warned villagers in low-lying areas to relocate ahead of predicted further rises.

In Paungbyin, water levels rose more than 6 feet above danger levels on Sunday, with more than 6000 people in the township relocating to two relief camps.

Sagaing Division was one of the hardest hit areas of the country during the July and August floods, with 24 people killed and more than 400,000 severely affected by the disaster.