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Storm likely to hit northern Arakan State: Meteorologist Tun Lwin


New Delhi (Mizzima) – A 50-mile-per-hour storm in the Bay of Bengal could move into northern Arakan State in Burma within 48 hours, the prominent Burmese meteorologist Tun Lwin said on Tuesday.  
 
If the storm becomes stronger, it could severely hit Sittwe, Ponnakyun, Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships in northern Arakan State, Tun Lwin said. Marine workers should not go to sea, he said.
 
“If the wind rate reaches 80 miles per hour, the worst thing will be damage to buildings, and it will especially affect people who live on low land. The storm’s tide could also kill people. If the rate becomes more than 80 miles, the tide is likely to rise and people should evacuate low-lying land. They will need to move to safety,” Tun Lwin said.
 
October is the high-storm season in Burma, with about 50 per cent of the tropical storms, he said.
 
A depression on Monday in the Bay of Bengal grew stronger and turned into a storm on Tuesday afternoon. It was centered 325 miles southwest of Sittwe.
 
Because of the depression, there could be heavy rain in the Irrawaddy Delta, the Gulf of Martaban, the Arakanese coast and offshore areas.

The meteorology department also warned that unseasonal rain may hit in Arakan and Chin states and Magway and Upper Sagaing regions.

On October 23, 2010, Cyclone Giri hit the Arakanese coast, killing 46 people. About 200,000 people were displaced, according to figures compiled by U.N. organizations.
 
The Kachin’s last stand
Since October this year, Burma has been in a state of civil war, with fighting between Burmese military and armed ethnic rebels. The ruling junta started a crackdown on these armed groups.

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