Villagers warned of overflow danger at Ye Ywa


KYAW KO KO 31 AUG 2017
The water level at the Ye Ywa power station dam on the Dote-hta-wady River in Mandalay Region’s Pyin Oo Lwin reached its maximum level on August 28, and villages downstream have been warned of possible flooding.

The dam’s water level reached its highest 185 metres above sea level, and if there is more water, it will overflow into Ayeyarwady River through Dote-hta-wady River, Ye Ywar power station said in a warning to the public.

Villages along Dote-hta-wady River should be on the alert for possible flooding when Ayeyarwady River is full, according to the warning letter.

An official from the factory told The Myanmar Times on Tuesday that the overflow of water in the dam is not unusual.

“It is normal every year. We just warned the people downstream so that they are careful. They need not to worry too much. The water released from the sluice gate is normal. But the water at the dam is still too much,” said the official who did not wish to be named.

“I’ve heard that Ye Ywar has issued a warning now. It is rainy season and Ayeyarwady River is also full. If Ye Ywar dam overflows, villages around the area will be affected. So preparations are necessary.”

“The main important thing is food for people and cattle. The dam won’t open the sluice gate suddenly but will issue prior warning according to weather forecasts,” said regional minister for Forest, Resources and Environmental Conservation, U Myo Thit.

Ye Ywar dam is built on Dote-hta-wady River and there are public parks built by private entrepreneurs under the dam along the river.

“Park owners told the regional government that they have contacts with Ye Ywar. They are doing their business but they have been told to protect the public and take responsibility if something happens. They have to take responsibility for everything according to the law,” said U Myo Thit.

U Tun Naing Oo, a resident of Twin-Ngwe village, said that water entering the villages is normal every year and there has been no damage. 


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