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Myanmar: Rogue Wind Blasted through Mandalay City

MgHla wrote that on May 6, 2009, a rogue wind blasted through Mandalay, the third capital city of Myanmar.

Photo from the blog of MgHla

Photo from the blog of MgHla

He wrote:

“After I attended a seminar, I came back to the office around 4pm. On the way, I saw that there was a whirlwind of wind, and there were a lot of dust.  Not soon after I had reached the office, around 4:30pm, the wind became stronger, and it also started to rain. Probably because the wind was too strong, the rain was not coming down from above, but going side-ways. It was very noisy also. Thankfully, it only lasted about 30 minutes. If it had gone on for about 3 or 4 hours, it would have been like being in Nargis cyclone. When I came back from work, I saw the billboard on the corner of 80th St. & 35th St. on the ground. I heard that the backside of a car was also crushed under the billboard, but when I passed near there, the car was not there anymore. A signboard advertising engine oil became wrinkled at the corners. Small billboards on 35th St. railroad overpass also either fell or broke. It is time for the Municipal to check the integrity of the billboards. They should scrutinize the permits being handed out to erect billboards over our heads….”

The quote mentioned in the post is a translation done by the author. The original quote is written in Burmese language.

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