Aid workers say relief efforts are much better coordinated now than in any previous natural disaster to hit Myanmar thanks to the opening of the Emergency Operations Centre, while locals allege that gaps in the government-led response have left them starving.
Cave-ins and other accidents are common but workers believe the high pay makes it worthwhile.
Informal talks to take place in Chiang Mai this week ahead of proposed meeting in Yangon in early August.
Last month the National Minimum Wage Committee announced a provisional base wage of K3600 a day, due to take effect at the end of August, but factory workers and owners continue to debate the figure, and some foreign owners say they will shut their factories if the wage is enacted.
With as little as six weeks left to finalise a nationwide ceasefire before election campaigning begins, government and ethnic leaders have resumed talks but remain divided on key issues, particularly who can sign the agreement.
Proposed amendments would reduce the military role in national politics by ensuring a civilian president, while also devolving more power to states.