The damaged Yangon-Mandalay railway line due to Swar Chaung dam spillway collapse has been under repair and will be finished within days, says Ba Myint, General Manager of Myanmar Railways (MR).
“Swar flood caused serious damage to a bridge on the Yangon-Mandalay railroad, which was also destroyed about four miles worth of tracks. We are now striving to finish the renovation of the railroad in coming weekend. We made safety construction and then we re-opened the roads and bridges,” said Ba Myint.
Although railway renovation tasks haven’t been completed, the MR is now trying to bridge the gaps in the up and down Yangon-Mandalay express train schedules for passengers.
Due to heavy rains on August 29th, the rail track between Konegyi and Swar Stations on Yangon-Mandalay section were inundated by flood waters. 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 N0.3), 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).
Moreover, 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).
MR refunded ticket fees to passengers after the cancellation of train schedules.
On August 30th, the collapse of a spillway channel of Swar Chaung 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 flood.