The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

More Chinese funds for quake-hit Bagan pagodas

More than US$1 million has been received from domestic and international donors to repair earthquake-hit Bagan pagodas and religious buildings, Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko said.

The damaged ancient Myauk Guni Temple in Bagan is pictured after the earthquake on August 25, 2016. Photo - AFPThe damaged ancient Myauk Guni Temple in Bagan is pictured after the earthquake on August 25, 2016. Photo - AFP

He said China pledged $1 million yesterday at a forum held jointly by China, Myanmar and maintenance experts from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on the repair, renovation and protection of pagodas in Bagan that were damaged in last August’s earthquake.

“As soon as Bagan was hit by the natural disaster, the Chinese Ambassador donated K100 million. And at today’s forum, they donated another $1 million.

“They said they are going to donate another $1 million. Total funds received from domestic and international donors have reached about $1.1 million. If China donates another $1 million, the funds will exceed $2 million. The funds will be systematically utilised,” added Thura U Aung Ko.

He said any surplus money after repairing the pagodas will be used to maintain the structures.

“Natural disasters can happen anytime. Many foreign experts have arrived for repair works. A survey using modernised technology has to be conducted to know to what extent the interior of the pagodas were damaged,” said Thura U Aung Ko.

More than 100 pagodas were severely damaged in the 6.8 magnitude earthquake which shook Bagan on August 24, 2016.


Translation by Zaw Nyunt