June 29, 2017

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100-year-old office building abandoned after earthquake in Taikkyi

Tatmadawmen help move documents and furniture from a quake-hit building to a temporary office.
Photos: U Tun Hlaing

A 100-year-old office building was abandoned after a strong 13 March earthquake hit Taikkyi, the northernmost township of Yangon and destroyed several structures including homes, offices and religious buildings.
The moderate earthquake badly damaged some parts of the old building, which was more than one hundred years old and had been used as an office of the Taikkyi Township Immigration and Population Department.
Office facilities and related accessories, as well as important documents stored in the quake-hit building, were moved to a new facility on 18 March with the assistance of 35 members of the Myanmar Armed Forces and 20 firefighters, said U Zaw Win Maung, an office staffer.
Currently, a temporary office is being opened at the Shankyaunggyi Monastery. The township department used the building as its office starting in  1959. It bought the structure from the original owner in 2002, when the building was worth Ks1.7 million.
The department has already submitted a proposal to destroy the old building to construct new one to the relevant authorities.—U Tun Hlaing

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