Yangon temporarily stops circular trains due to floods

Photo Fire brigade members carry out rescue activities in flood-hit Shwepyitha Township (Photo-Myanmar Fire Brigade).

3 August 18 - Heavy rain caused flooding in some townships in Yangon yesterday, causing circular trains to shut down temporarily. The flood-hit places were Sanchaung, Mingladone, Insein and Shwepyitha Townships/ Roads temporarily blocked in some townships. 

In Yangon, Shwepyitha Township suffered heavily from flooding. As such, the fire brigade members helped victims move to Shwe Myo Wun Zeegon Monastery, according to the Myanmar Fire Services Department. 

Moreover, a basic education primary school in Shwepyitha Township was inundated due to an increase of water level of Ngwechaungtha Creek. Due to torrential rain, some circular railroad sections were flooded and heavy rain caused the block train routes. 

Myanmar Railways temporarily stopped its services when blockages occured. "As rain poured down continuously, water level reached about 19 inches at the Ahlon Railway Station. Circular train tracks were blocked. However, we arranged transportation access for the train passengers. 

Water level has yet to drop yet," said Manager Zaw Lwin from Myanmar Railways (MR). With the aim to ensure transportation access for all train passengers, MR supported operation of the RBE train from Mingladon Township. If there are heavy rain, MR will support other means of transportation for train passengers.

​Source: Eleven Myanmar 

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