YANGON, May 23 (Eleven Media Group/ANN): As the water level of the Thaungyin River rises, the low-lying areas in Myawaddy have been flooded since the weekend.
The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology has announced that according to the (09:30) hrs M.S.T observation today, the water level of Thaungyin River at Myawaddy has exceeded by about (5½) feet above its danger level.
It may continue to rise from the present water level by about (2) feet during the next one day and may remain above its danger level, DMH reported.
Heavy rain has also caused a landslide beside the Buddhist monastery at the foot of the Mya Thabeik Taung Pagoda in Thaton town, Mon State, according to local sources.
“Yesterday (Saturday - May 21), it was raining heavily in the afternoon. A landslide occurred at about 4.30 pm. It happened beside Mya Tarwateintha Monastery at the foot of the pagoda,” said a resident in Thaton.
He expressed concern about the monastery if heavy rain continued although there are many trees around it.
Officials from the pagoda board of trustees checked the landslide and took some preventive measures this morning.
“It was not that large landslide. It was about 10 feet in length, six feet in height and three feet in thickness. Currently, we are protecting the landslide-prone area with stakes, bamboo and bags of sand,” said a member of the board of trustees.
“If heavy rain continues like this, the monastery may be in danger, expert say,” he added.
According to the board of trustees, the pagoda could not be damaged as there are retaining walls already in the front and back of the pagoda.
There were heavy rains in the town of Thaton on May 20 and 21 downing some old big trees and damaging some homes and lamp posts.
Departmental officials, the fire brigade, social organizations and townspeople cleared the rubble. - Eleven Media Group/ANN