The water level in Ayeyawaddy River has been declining earlier and faster than last year with water level in Mandalay recording lower than 3.7 meters (12 feet), according to Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems.
“Ayeyawaddy River water level reaches high water mark once or twice a year. But as it didn’t reach high water mark this year, it can be assumed that river water level has declined earlier. The situation we are facing in January is similar to that of last March and April,” said an official of the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems.
Due to the declining river water level, boats and ships plying the river are facing problems along Mandalay-Bhamaw route. Dredging sandbanks have been done to alleviate the problems.
The lowest Ayeyawaddy River water level in Mandalay was 3.97 metres in 1994, 3.68 meters in 2004 and 3.45 metres in 2014.