Nyein Nyein Thu
Myanmar Railways (MR) has suspended the operations of Yangon-Mandalay train schedules and Bagan train schedules on August 29 as railway tracks were covered by sand, dirt and flood waters after heavy rains, said Zaw Lwin, Manager of Division-7 (Transport) of MR.
Due to heavy rains on August 29, the rail track between Konegyi and Swa stations on the Yangon-Mandalay section were inundated by flood waters due to heavy rains. In addition, there was the erosion of embankment between Milepost No-190/18 and 24.
The MR decided to cancel the operations of Yangon-Mandalay train schedule (up-train No-5 and No.3), Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw (up-train No.7), Mandalay-Yangon (down-train No.6 and No.4), Nay Pyi Taw-Yangon (down-train No.8) and Thazi (down-train No.10).
In addition, the rail track between Milepost No.217/16 and 20 on Yangon-Bagan section was covered by sand due to heavy rains. The MR cancelled Yangon-Bagan (up-train No.61) and Bagan-Yangon (down-train No.62).
The MR refunded ticket fees to passengers after the cancellation of train schedules.
Officials from the MR are trying to reopen closed rail tracks as quickly as possible. The MR will release real-time information about the resumption of suspended train schedules, he added.
On August 30, the collapse of a spillway channel of Swachaung dam left one dead and six others missing in Taungoo district in Bago Region, forcing more than 60,000 people to flee their homes. Yangon-Mandalay highway was temporarily closed due to floods.