Landslides expected due to cyclonic storm ‘Bulbul’

11 November 2019
Landslides expected due to cyclonic storm ‘Bulbul’
(File) Rescuers search for victims after a landslide near Mottama, Mon State, Myanmar, 10 August 2019. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

The Meteorology and Hydrology Department has warned of possible rain-induced landslides in highland areas of Sagaing Region, and Chin and Rakhine states due to the influence of the cyclonic storm ‘Bulbul’, which is likely to weaken into a deep depression today, state media reported.

“People living near highland areas in Sagaing Region, Chin and Rakhine states must remain on alert for landslide events, and trawlers, vessels, and ships off and along Rakhine coast are advised to prepare for possible contingencies,” stated an announcement from the Meteorology and Hydrology Department yesterday.

The severe cyclonic storm crossed West Bengal (India) and the Bangladesh coast yesterday, and it was downgraded to a cyclonic storm and forecast to continue moving east-north-eastwards.

Frequent squalls with rough to very rough seas will be experienced off and along Rakhine coast.