Vice President U Henry Van Thio and Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, flew over the inundation in Yedashe Township caused by overflowed water from Swa Chaung Dam and destruction of the dam’s spillway yesterday.
The spillway of the dam burst at 5:45 am yesterday, flooding 85 village in 17 village-tracts in Yedashe Township affecting over 63,000 people and submerging the section between mile post 161 and 166 on the Yangon-Mandalay Highway.
During the tour of inspection, the Vice President and the Senior General was accompanied by Union Minister Dr. Aung Thu, Commander-in-Chief (Navy) Admiral Tin Aung San, Commander-in-Chief (Air) General Maung Maung Kyaw, senior military officers from the Ministry of Defence, officials of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, and officials concerned.
They, first, inspected the damage to the Swa Chaung bridge near Mile Post 165 on the Yangon-Mandalay Highway and gave instruction on measures to be taken for safety of the bridge.
Deputy Minister for Construction U Kyaw Lin and officials reported the condition of the bridge and landslides caused by the flash flood.
Afterwards, Vice President U Henry Van Thio and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing went to the dam and inspected the damaged spillway.
The Swa Chaung Dam began to overflow at around 5:45 am yesterday and 63,421 people have been evacuated.
The road section between Mile Post 161 and 166 on the Yangon-Mandalay Highway and the road section between Mile Post 169 and 204 in Yedashe Township on the Yangon-Mandalay old road were submerged one feet to four feet under water.
At the briefing hall of the dam, U Bo Bo Kyaw, Deputy Director-General of the Irrigation and Water Utilization Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, reported on condition of the dam’s spillway, condition of the damaged spillway and situation of the water storage of the dam.
After the meeting, they inspected the submerged road at the 156 milepost on the Yangon-Mandalay road and inspected, together with Union Ministers U Thant Sin Maung and Dr. Win Myat Aye, and Deputy Minister U Soe Aung, the Tatmadaw members, firefighters, department officials and local residents working together to help and rescue affected residents at the Swa Command Centre. They also arranged for Tatmadaw vehicles to transport railway passengers at the submerged railway tracks between Yedashe and Swa townships.
Afterwards, they arrived at Yedashe Township General Administration Office where Head of Taungoo District General Administration Department U Moe Htet explained about water breaching into the township’s villages, submerging of villages, and collaboration from the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, regional government, Tatmadaw and rescue organizations in local rescue operations. The Vice President and the Commander-in-Chief then instructed to make sure canals are not flooded to ensure the quick drainage of water, acquiring motorized fiber and rubber boats form the National Disaster Management Committee and the Tatmadaw, ensuring rescue teams can enter into affected villages, and ensuring adequate food and healthcare is available for people in the rescue centers.
Afterwards, they inspected the flooding at the old Yangon-Mandalay road near Yedashe Township and inspected officials to ensure the safety of the local residents.
The Swa Chaung Dam was damaged at the 360 feet mark at 5:45am yesterday, flooding Swa Town and seventeen village-tracts containing 85 villages in Yedashe Township, affecting 63,421 people. There have also been a flood measuring 1:4 feet high between milepost 161 to 166 on the Yangon-Mandalay Highway amd milepost 169 to 204 on the Yangon-Mandalay old highway between Yedashe and Thargara Villages. The Swa Chaung Dam has dropped by two water mark levels. The Bago Region Government, Tatmadaw and humanitarian organizations have cooperated in relocating affected residents to safer locations. The Swa Chaung Dam is 403 square miles large, with an annual 312,040 square feet of flowing through it. The dam can store up to 216,350 square feet of water. The dam can withstand storage up to the 337 feet water level mark but excessive rain this year raised the water level mark up to 338.6 feet water level mark, destroying the dam’s spillway.