01 Aug 2020 - Source: Myanmar Times - The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) has warned of flooding as a result of heavy rain in some areas of Myanmar, including Yangon, in the first week of August.

"With heavy rain, Yangon can become flooded in a short time. It also coincides with the full moon day of Waso when high tides are expected. The waters will not ebb easily and care should be taken," said U Kyaw Moe Oo, director general of DMH.

According to a DMH statement on July 31, widespread rains or thunderstorms are forecasted for Bago, Yangon, Ayeyarwady and Tanintharyi regions; heavy rain and isolated shows are expected for Shan, Kayah, Kayin and Mon states during August 3-August 8.

Due to the remnants of the tropical depression over the South China Sea and strong to vigorous monsoon over the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal, heavy rainfall may reach three inches (77 mm) in those areas within 24 hours.

"People should beware of possible landslides in mountainous areas. Heavy rain is forecast in lower Myanmar and coastal areas. Even if there is no flood, water will be stagnant and streams will be full to the brim," said U Kyaw Moe Oo. - Translated