Friday, August 18, 2017

Heavy rains, strong winds expected across the country, especially on coast

Heavy rain and strong winds are expected across the whole country, especially in the delta area, and the Mon-Tanintharyi coastal areas.

U Kyaw Lwin Oo, director of Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), said that this is due to the rainy weather conditions, which are forming near the Gulf of Mottama, coastal and delta areas.

“Heavy rain is expected across the country, especially in delta areas and Mon-Tanintharyi coastal area due to the rain from the bay, “he said.

The DMH announced that a low pressure area (LPA), which was formed over the Andaman Sea and adjoining Southeast Bay of Bengal, still persists.

“Heavy rain is forecasted everywhere due to strong monsoon winds. The weather conditions are giving rise to rain clouds that are forming in the Bay of Bengal, the Myanmar coastal areas and the Gulf of Mottama,” he said.

The DMH announced that strong winds, isolated heavy rain, rough sea weather conditions can be expected in the delta area, Gulf of Mottama, along the Mon-Tanintharyi coastal area.

Strong winds between 35 and 40 miles per hour are also forecasted.

“Formation of rain bearing clouds will continue during this period,” U Kyaw Lwin Oo added.

The current weather conditions are pushing the monsoon quickly into the country and advanced normal rainfall is expected during this time, he said.

The average normal rainfall during the monsoon season is between 180 and 200 inches in coastal areas, 100 and 120 inches in delta areas, 30 and 40 inches in central Myanmar and 100 and 160 inches in northern Myanmar, said an official.

“Monsoon rains can be expected everywhere when the strength of monsoon wind is strong,” U Kyaw Lwin Oo said.

According to the DMH, rain is expected in the states and regions of Sagaing, Tanintharyi, Kayin, Mon, Bago, Yangon, Kachin, Shan, Kayah, Ayeyarwady, Chin, Mandalay, and in Nay Pyi Taw area.

U Kyaw Lwin Oo also said that “strong winds and isolated heavy rain should be expected during the pre-monsoon period and advanced monsoon period due to the unstable atmosphere.

Initial figures from the Department of Relief and Resettlement, said that two people died and 6 were injured due to strong winds and heavy rains on May 14.

More than 100 houses (according to the latest reported data) were damaged. Almost 300 houses are reported to have been destroyed yesterday (May 15).