Orange Alert Issued As Cyclone Heads Towards Myanmar
Myanmar has been put on a cyclone orange alert for coastal areas as a depression over the Bay of Bengal moves towards landfall and may cross near the Rakhine State coastal area.
An orange alert means the storm is heading for land in the country.
The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) issued the warning yesterday (May 28) and said the depression is expected to intensify and may develop into a cyclone during the next 24 hours.
U Kyaw Lwin Oo, Director at the DMH said “The storm may continue to gain strength and force and is expected head towards Central Myanmar.Heavy Rain is expected, especially in Chin and Rakhine States.”
The effects of the storm are expected to be felt until the end of this month, he said.
The cyclone is heading to make landfall in Bangladesh and is being monitored, said U Kyaw Moe Oo, Deputy Director General of the DMH.
“Strong wind and heavy rain can be expected in Rakhine. People should be aware of the poor weather conditions and should be prepared for all eventualities. The storm is expected to move north and north-east and towards the coastal areas of Bangladesh tomorrow (May 30),” he said.
Rain and thundershowers will be expected in Nay Pyi Taw, Saging Region, Mandalay Region,Magway, Bago Region,Yangon Region, Ayeyarwaddy Region, Tanintharyi Region, Kachin State, Shan State, Rakhine, Kayin and Mon State for the next three days.
Strong winds, rough weather conditions,with maximum wind speeds that could reach 40 mph in coastal areas can be expected.
The DMH also said that the people must be made aware of the possibility of heavy rains, strong winds,floods and landslides as the storm moves towards landfall.
It also warned that people in hilly regions to be aware of possible landslides.
The Department also said that people living near rivers and streams to be aware of sudden flooding.
Fishing boats and airlines should be aware of the bad weather conditions.
Courtesy of mmtimes.com