Residents in southern Myanmar warned of flash floods in 24 hours

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-09 21:21:19|Editor: xuxin
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YANGON, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's Meteorology and Hydrology Department Tuesday warned residents in Mon state to be aware of floods due to rising water level in next 24 hours.

"So far, water level of Bilin river in Mon state has risen to 985 centimeters and it is forecast to reach its danger level which is 1,022 centimeters in next 24 hours," a department official told Xinhua.

People residing near the river bank and low lying areas are warned to take precautionary measure.

"Relief camps have been set for flood-victims in Bilin town now," said Daw Phyu Lei Lei Tun, director of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Ministry.

Meanwhile, people in Mrauk-U, Rakhine state, were also warned of floods due to the rising water level of Lemyo river and the Meteorology and Hydrology Department forecast that the water level will reach its danger level in next 48 hours.

Flash floods and landslides accompanied by heavy rainfall and strong wind are frequent in Myanmar during the monsoon period, especially in hilly areas and low lying areas.

Myanmar suffered serve monsoon flooding in July, 2015, claiming at least 103 lives and affecting people mostly in western part of the country.