Dutch Risk Reduction Team in Myanmar
Published: 2 September 2015
DRR Team Myanmar focuses on two regions:
- Flood control and dike management in the Ayeyarwady delta region
- Management of and early warning for flash floods in Kale Township Area (Sagaing region).
Members of DRR Team Myanmar are: RobSteijn (Arcadis), Hermjan Barneveld (HKV consultants), Rimmer Koopmans (Arcadis), Eisse Wijma (Royal Haskoning DHV), Joost Beckers (Deltares), Kyaw Lin Htet (Royal Haskoning DHV), and Theo Reuzenaar (Delfland Regional Water Authority). The team will split up to travel to the Ayeyarwady delta region and the Kale Township area. The team is in Myanmar from August 31 untill September 6th.
On 30 July, Cyclone Komen made landfall in Bangladesh bringing strong winds and additional heavy rains to Myanmar, which resulted in a significant expansion of monsoonal flood waters. On 31 July, the President declared Chin and Rakhine states, and Magway and Sagaing regions as natural disaster zones. Other areas, including Bago, are also severely affected, as flood waters from the north move southward. In most dike protected areas dikes were able to protect the areas behind the dikes, but many leakage and erosion problems occurred. Concerns are that high water levels during the rest of the monsoon season will cause more severe problems.