Myanmar to encounter impacts of strongest El Niño in history

Report
from The Global New Light of Myanmar
Published on 16 Feb 2016 View Original

Thant Kyaw Htet

ClIMATE prediction centers including World Meteorological Organization predicted that a powerful El Niño that could be the strongest on record is expected to hit Myanmar in its 2016 first midyear.

The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology warned that Myanmar is expected to be affected by the effects of a strong El Niño. Meteorologists sounded alarm over El Niño that it will take effect in March, April and May in Myanmar with extreme high temperatures.

The temperature at Myinmu of Myanmar was recorded as the highest at 47.2 degree Celsius as a moderate El Niño occurred in 2010, said the director-general of the department, adding that temperature is expected to be recorded as the highest this year as extreme temperatures will be registered during the three months.

According to weather experts, El Niño is set to hurt people of Myanmar, bringing extreme temperatures and posing severe problems including unusual rainfall patterns, acute water shortage and disease for the country.

The temperature at Myinmu of Myanmar was recorded as the highest at 47.2 degree Celsius as a moderate El Niño occurred in 2010, said the director-general of the department, adding that temperature is expected to be recorded as the highest this year as extreme temperatures will be registered during the three months.

According to weather experts, El Niño is set to hurt people of Myanmar, bringing extreme temperatures and posing severe problems including unusual rainfall patterns, acute water shortage and disease for the country.

Nay Pyi Taw hosted a forum on possible El Niño effects yesterday seeking ways and means for risk reduction. According to the director-general’s forecast at the forum, the whole country will have short-term rainfalls except its northern part. The director-general urged farmers to prepare ahead of El Niño as monsoon is set to be late and high temperature records are expected to be broken in Myanmar this year.

Last year, El Nino set new heat records in China, the US, India, Philippines and Indonesia, killing 22,731 people in the harsh weather conditions and reaching financial loses to US$66.5 billion.

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