Reservoir of Thaphanseik Dam, Myanmar23.1N 95.3E
The Thaphanseik Dam in Myanmar’s Sagaing Division is one of the largest dams in Southeast Asia. An immense 4 mile long multipurpose facility, built on the Mu River, the Dam itself was completed and commissioned into service in 2001.
It was projected as a multi-purpose dam, providing both water for irrigation and hydel-power for the nation’s developmental needs. The large reservoir it has created is visible towards the top.
The Thaphanseik dam enables year-round irrigation of over half-a-million acres with feeder canals extending to eight townships, reports the Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation.
This has transformed the west bank of the Ayeyarwady River into a verdant area where the 4 main agricultural crops, namely paddy, cotton, sugarcane and pulses, can thrive. Green irrigated areas can be seen here amidst the drier tan landscape.
The Thaphanseik Dam’s irrigation water supplements the government’s already completed dams, underground water retrieval projects and pumped water from the Chindwin and Ayeyarwady Rivers, to irrigate nearly 1.03 million acres in Sagaing Division.
It is projected that this division will thus be able to produce enough food for Mandalay Division, Magway Division and the Chin State as well.