27 June 18 - The level of the Ayeyawady River at Mandalay harbour has declined slightly after a rapid rise during the monsoon, according to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology. The water level reached 1,034cm on 24 June. On the morning of 26 June, the level was at 992cm, down 42cm compared to 24 June.
"The river level has declined again. The upper Ayeyawady river water level did not increase significantly. There is rain in upper Myanmar, therefore, there is much water in lower Myanmar. The river water level rose in July and August last year," said U Kyaw Lwin Oo, director of Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (Upper Myanmar).
According to the water level record, the water level reached 643cm on 13 June, and down from 674cm on 3 June. The water level then recorded a slight increase at an average 20cm per day, beginning from 14 June. After 25 June, the water level dropped again.
"The increase in the river water level was triggered by rainfall in upper Myanmar. The Meteorology and Hydrology Department forecast at that time said there would be less rainfall. Therefore, the river level is expected to not rise suddenly, as of June. The Meteorology and Hydrology Department will issue a detailed weather forecast on 28 June, he added.
The total rainfall this week in Myanmar is 8.74 inches in Putao and 10.79 inches in Myitkyina. The river level has increased owing to the heavy rainfall in upper Myanmar. The water level reached a dangerous level on 19 August 2017 at 4 p.m. On 1 August 2016, the water level reached a record high of 1,325cm, which exceeded the point of danger.
By Khine Set Wei
Source: Global New Light Of Myanmar