MANDALAY – As the Irrawaddy River swells due to recent heavy rains, rising water levels are concerning to both locals and authorities in Mandalay, who are preparing for a possible flood.
The river is about two feet above the 230.74-foot alert level in Mandalay Division. Local authorities have relocated people living along the Irrawaddy’s riverbank and alerted rescue teams to stand by if the water levels continue to rise.
In the meantime, the local government has announced the closure of Yadanabon University, located in Amarapura Township, due to high levels of water entering the university compound; buildings in the area remain flooded.
“The University will be closed until further notice,” said the announcement, which was issued on Saturday evening.
“We are very disappointed by the university closure. It affects our education and, of course, the teachers and staff living in the compound are also facing hardships in getting clean water and food,” said Aung San Oo, a third year student at Yadanabon.
According to university officials, about 200 teachers and staff residing in the compound have been affected. Some have relocated, but those who are still living in teachers’ housing are in need of basic necessities.
“The university should not have been [built] here at all. This area is the region where water enters every monsoon season. Every year, the students face hardships due to this water problem. The government should consider the future of the students, and allow them to [continue their] studies at Mandalay University,” said a Yadanabon University teacher.