Heavy Rains Destroyed Bridges and Houses in Tedim Township
12 August 2011: Torrential rains over the past few days in Chin State have caused damages in Chin State, destroying bridges and houses in Tedim Township.
A report yesterday by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Burma said heavy rainfall, which has been heavier than in previous years, was recorded during the last weekend, resulting in damage to bridges, houses and landslides.
At least 14 bridges and 20 houses have been recorded being destroyed by swollen streams in the recent downpour, according to the report.
Landslides have blocked roads between villages, with some local farmers and travellers trapped in the affected areas.
The recorded damages include mini-hydro plantations in Phunom and Lailui villages, a Zalui hydropower system for Tedim town, 57 acres of apple farm, 12 acres of corn fields, drinking water source and pipes in Tuisau village, and some other canal line constructions for hydropower.
Local villagers are facing electricity, water and transport predicaments following the unusual weather conditions in Chin State.
Seven families have been evacuated to another place in fear of landslides due to cracks in soil in Dimpi village.
The New Light of Myanmar yesterday said local authorities and well-wishers are providing relief supplies, and health care to the victims at the relief camps.
More than 500 families have been reported moved to other places in Kalaymyo District of Sagaing Division.
Several areas in other States and Divisions across Burma have also been hit by torrential rains.
Van Biak Thang