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Myanmar Dam Breach Kills One, Displaces More Than 63,000

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30 Aug 2018, 07:42 GMT+10


The collapse of a spillway of a dam in central Myanmar's Bago region early Wednesday caused flooding that killed one woman and left six others missing as it submerged roughly 60 villages and affected more than 63,400 people, a regional lawmaker said.

Those displaced by the breaching of the spillways of the Swar dam in Swar township have moved to Yedashe and Taungoo townships where they are staying in monasteries or temporary camps after their houses were partly or completely inundated with water."It wasn't the dam that broke; it was the spillway that regulates the release of water from the levee that broke at around 4:20 a.m. due to heavy seasonal rainfall," regional lawmaker Kyaw Kyaw told RFA's Myanmar Service.Spillways, or overflow channels, allow for the controlled release of water flows from a dam or levee into a downstream area to ensure that the water does not overflow and damage or destroy the dam.

"Swar town was submerged at around 10 a.m., and six people were swept away by the waters while they crossed a road," Kyaw Kyaw said. "No one could save them. One woman died in the evening.""Authorities didn't issue a warning about the possibility of danger from the dam, and people had to run away when [the flooding] occurred," he said. "We have to discuss this in parliament and question why it occurred and why they didn't warn people about it."

Meanwhile, engineers say they can control the water but that Yedashe township may be submerged if more heavy rain falls over the next few days."If the water flows into Sittaung River, it will be OK, but if not, the downstream areas of Taungoo, Shwegyin, and Madauk will be in danger of being submerged," Kyaw Kyaw said.

A bridge along the Yangon-Mandalay highway is damaged by raging floodwater in the Swar River in central Myanmar's Bago region, Aug. 29, 2018. Credit: RFA Bridge damage on main highwayThe Yangon-Mandalay and Yangon-Naypyidaw highways were closed because of high water levels, the Ministry of Construction announced.Surging floodwater swelled the Swar River beneath an elevated section of the Yangon-Mandalay highway, a major thoroughfare in Myanmar, causing the lanes for southbound vehicles to buckle and bringing traffic in both directions to a standstill......


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