Tuesday, July 25, 2017

20,000 flood victims relocated in Sagaing

Nearly 20,000 flood victims from 4158 households in several townships near Chindwin River were relocated from July 3 to 16, according to Sagaing Region Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Department.

Regional Minister for Social Welfare Dr Zaw Win told The Myanmar Times on Sunday that timely rescue and resettlement operations have been made by the regional government. So far, cash assistance of K260 lakh have been received and more aid is expected for the victims.

“We are liaising with related ministries for rescue operations in flooded areas. Required medicines have been supplied and preventive measures against dengue fever have also been taken. We will continue our supplies to flooded areas with the donation we received,” Dr Zaw Win said.

After Chindwin River water level started to rise from July 3, floods occurred in 12 townships including Hkamti, Homalin, Paungbyin, Mawlaik, Kalaywa, Myaung, Mingin, Kani and Monywa. At least 20,000 people were affected, an official from the department said.

About 25 houses were destroyed and one person died from the floods. The regional ministry has provide K1 lakh for each household, along with rice, cooking oil and instant noodle packs, for flood victims, the official said.

“Floods occurred two times in Hkamti. Five kinds of commodities including longyis for men and women, soap and towels were supplied. Flooded areas are increasing. They are flood-prone areas every year. The amount of damages cannot be calculated right now,” he continued.

Seventeen camps at monasteries and other religious buildings were temporarily arranged for the victims by the department and as Chindwin River is still on the rise, supplies for about 2000 more households have been prepared.

“The river has gone down below danger mark in our town. It rose during day time while we were still moving. It has subsided and some have returned to their homes but some are still at the rescue camps.

“The government has arranged supplies since the beginning of the flood. The ministers came and gave assistance. The water level had subsided in the upper reaches of the river but it will still be flooded in lower part,” a Hkamti resident Ko Aung San Myint said. – Translation by Zaw Nyunt