Extreme hot weather affects daily life in Myanmar

14:00, May 10, 2010      

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Myanmar people have been suffering the harmful effects brought about by the extreme hot weather this summer in terms of diseases, business and water shortage in various part of the country.

Summer season in Myanmar lasts from March to May, and April represents the hottest month.

As a rare phenomena in several decades, this year is experiencing excessive heat strike.

In April through to May now, the day temperatures in central Myanmar were reaching a record high in over four decades, peaking at between 43 and 45 degree Celsius in such regions as Minbu, Magway, Mandalay, Monywa, Chauk and Mingyan as well as in Yangon over the past week, which are 5 to 6 degree Celsius above April average temperature.

Due to the severe weather impact, the Myanmar authorities have stopped traders in the country from exporting rice in order to reserve for domestic demand due to less production, according to the trading circle.

The export will be suspended until the moonson paddy production reached the set target.

Meanwhile, thousands of fishes, bred in ponds in the country's southwestern Ayeyawaddy division, died of heat during the current summer season with the weather temperature going high day after day.

The unusual hot weather not only made fish breeders suffer biggest loss but also caused failure to fulfill the domestic demand as well as the export target.

There were even some cases that all 100,000 fishes died in a single day in Twantay township, Yangon division.

This phenomena is the worst in the last two decades, the fish breeders said, and fearing that such cases would continue as long as there is no rainfall.

The excessively high weather temperature also dried up drinking water ponds in many villages in the country that the villagers are suffering from water shortage.

As an alternative, the villagers are making their efforts by digging up some tube-wells near the dry ponds to get water.

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