Authorities warn people lived in lower areas of the dams

Writer: 
Nay Yine & Aung Min Thein

People lived in lower areas of the dams, which authorities announced water are spilled out from their spillways, are needed to be careful of the floods, said Dr Aung Thu, Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation during a press conference held at Thingaha Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw on September 5.

“We asked telephone numbers from the areas where floods may occur. We asked all telephone numbers from all villages. However people need to have awareness,” said the union minister.

“We assigned duty to observe the dams. People assigned by us will notify the villages if the dam is burst open. We alerted all 57 dams,” he said.

Although Paunglaung Dam is included in the list of dams in which water are spilled out from their spillways, no need to worry about it, he said.

“Paunglaung Dam is one of the dams in which water are spilled out from their spillways. We don’t need to worry about it but we have to be careful. The numbers of dams, in which water are spilled out from their spillways, are nearly 40 previously and now it is about 60. We are handling the issue daily. It will be directly reported to the ministry daily if water level in dams reached above their danger levels,” he said.

The number of dams, which the ministry announced water are spilled out from their spillways, are as per following: two dams in Nay Pyi Taw, one dam in Kayin State, two dams in Chin State, four dams in Sagaing region, 11 dams in east Bago region, nine dams in west Bago region, eight dams in Magway region, two dams in Mon State, eight dams in Rakhine State, five dams in Yangon region, two dams in northern Shan State and three dams in Ayeyawady region.