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After several days of flash floods and storms, water levels have subsided in Hpakant, Kachin State, and life is returning to normal, residents told DVB today.
“Since yesterday evening, the water levels have dropped dramatically in the residential neighbourhoods,” said Naw Hsant, the chairperson of a local village project. “A day before, the flooding had been about a metre to two metres high in the streets.”
Naw Hsant said that the worst flooding had been caused by overflow from the nearby Uru Creek. However, as the floods are an annual occurrence, locals had already taken precautions and formed what they called an “Uru Clearance Team”.
“The town is back to normal from 6pm yesterday,” he reiterated. “Today, markets and schools are open again. Those who abandoned their homes during the flood have already returned and started cleaning up.”