16 Sep Caution essential to avoid falling electric cables, says official

Written by Lapyae Wun Published in Health Read 4165 times
A tangle of electricity cables on Banya Dala Road in Yangon's Tarmway Township. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima A tangle of electricity cables on Banya Dala Road in Yangon's Tarmway Township. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima

Pedestrians should exercise the same care to avoid falling electricity cables as they when crossing roads, a senior official from the Ministry of Electric Power told Mizzima on September 15.

“If one has to cross the road, one must look for passing cars and so it is the same with electric safety; if one walks under electric cables, then one must look after their own safety,” said U Myint Aung, the managing director of the ministry's Electricity Supply Department.

“There are miles and miles of electric cables in Yangon," U Myint Aung said.

"One will never know when the cable might break and fall,” he said.

U Myint Aung had been asked by Mizzima Daily about the deaths of a woman, 40, and her daughter, 10, who were hit by a falling electricity cable on Thumingalar Street in Yangon's Thingangyun Township on September 12.

U Myint Aung said breaks in power lines were most likely to occur when there was an imbalance between the load of the electric power and the durability of the cable.

“The ministry is using newspapers and the media to warn about the hazards and danger associated with electric shocks and we should all cooperate to ease this danger,” said U Myint Aung.

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