More than 50,000 residents were evacuated due to flooding caused by the collapse of the dam in Swar Chaung, Myanmar, Wednesday (08/29/2018). Heavy rain caused the water discharge to rise so that the dam was unable to accommodate it.
Water at the dam spilled into the settlements at around 5:30 local time, causing around 100 villages to be submerged and cutting access to the main roads in the area.
A source in Myanmar’s Department of Natural Disaster Management said many people had voluntarily moved, even though they were not directly affected. They are worried because the water level continues to increase over time.
Interim data, as a whole about 12,000 houses were flooded and 54,000 people were forced to leave their homes.
So far, there have been no reports of casualties.
“We do not have definite data on the number of victims but the water hit villages where more than 50,000 people live,” Social Welfare Director Phyu Lae Lae Tun was quoted as saying by AFP.
The Swar Chaung dam water channel collapsed due to high rainfall in the Bago region. Water crashing into the rural lowlands forces local people to leave their homes while carrying items that can be saved.
Floods also damaged the bridge on the Yangon-Mandalay highway which serves as an important link between Myanmar’s two largest cities.