Storm likely to head to Myanmar

Writer: 
San Htoo Aung
Houses damaged by strong wind in Pauk Township (Photo-Thet Htain Win)

 

Storm likely to occur in Bay of Bengal may move to Myanmar at the end of this month, said Dr Kyaw Moe Oo, Director General of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH).

“At the present, storm occurred in Arabian Sea is intensified. If the storm heads into inland, the depression in Bay of Bengal will be intensified. It will move to Myanmar on May 28 or 29. People from Rakhine State and delta areas need to be careful of it. The condition is changed daily. The forecast made in yesterday showed the low pressure area to occur within 48 hours. If the low pressure area occurs, we need to be alert,” said Dr Kyaw Moe Oo.

If the depression is occurred at the end of this month, it will bring the monsoon wind. The DMH forecasted the monsoon wind will enter southern areas of Myanmar on May 16, it is not entered yet.

A total of four storms in Bay of Bengal may occur in rainy season and flash flood and strong wind are needed to be careful, he said.

Most storms occurred in April and May entered Myanmar. People should listen to storm news. Preparation work should be carried out if the area is likely to be affected by the storm. People should follow the instruction of natural disasters prevention groups.

One or two storms occurred in early rainy season and 44 per cent of them entered Myanmar.

Myanmar had been affected by Mala tropical storm in 2006, Akash tropical storm in 2007, Nargis tropical storm in 2008, Bijli tropical storm in 2009 and Giri tropical storm in 2010. The most devastating storm in Myanmar’s history was Cyclone Nargis, which hit the country on May 2. About six per cent of the storms occurred in Bay of Bengal entered Myanmar.

Coastal areas of Rakhine State, Yangon region and Ayeyawady region including delta areas need to be careful of the storm.

Myanmar needs to be careful of storms in April, May, October and November.