A rare hailstorm recently hit several provinces of Myanmar, at a time when the whole country is experiencing a prolonged drought caused by rising temperatures. Strong winds struck Mandalay, Sagaing and the states of Shan and Chin, while hailstones as big as golf balls rained down on these regions.
Many residents were surprised to see hailstones in the middle of summer. Currently, Myanmar is struggling to cope from the harsh impact of the El Niño weather phenomenon. Water shortages are affecting both urban and rural residents, especially farmers who are dependent on rain for the cultivation of their crops. According to hospitals, heat stroke cases are on the rise because of the hot weather.
Meteorologists said the extreme weather events are related to the “atmospheric instability” in the region.
Below are some of the hailstorm photos shared by Myanmar Internet users:
Hail Stone in Myanmar. pic.twitter.com/T13ZFd1xU8
— Htun Naing (@htunnaing68) April 24, 2016
Strong wind & massive hail storm hit some villages in SintKai tsp at Mandalay region. Source: Mizzima news pic.twitter.com/AxmIqI2Nn4
— zawzaw (@Socllab) April 23, 2016
Hail in Mandalay and Sagaing ,Myanmar.. That was creepy.Never seen that much before o.O pic.twitter.com/tVWU0DhGlC
— Wint Jamie (@WintJames24) April 25, 2016