Lowered Swar Creek Bridge reopens to traffic after repair

Zaw Win Chit (Taungoo)

Swar Creek Bridge in Bago Region, which has been lowered by the flooding from Swar Creek Dam, has reopened for traffic after repairs.

Swar Bridge is located near the mile post No. 165 on Yangon-Mandalay Expressway in Bago Region.

"Both lanes on the bridge reopened at 7 pm on August 31," said the officer of Thagara Expressway  Police Station.

As the two-lane Swar Bridge was lowered on August 29, traffic was only allowed to run on one side of the lane while the lowered part underwent repair.

Due to the swelling Swar Dam in Taungoo Township, Bago Region, about 25,000 people have so far been evacuated and authorities have to speed up relief and rescue work. Floodwaters are said to have flowed on the roads that were links between Taungoo Township and Thantaungyi and Htantabin townships.

“As the level of Sittoung River increases, Ward-23 and Mogaung, Shwelayin and Kanni villages were also flooded. We have a 50 men strong police force. There are also 25 servicemen led by an army major. There are also 40 firefighters as well as social organisations. We are working hard and evacuating local people to safer places," said acting head of Taungoo District Police Force police lieutenant colonel Htein Win.

The spillway of Swar Creek Dam collapsed on August 29, and a surge of water fractured part of Swar Creek Bridge while some off the bridge supporting pillars were damanged and lowered. Due to the floods, over 60,000 people in Taungoo District have been displaced.

Four people had died and two went missing in the floods.