September 25, 2017

Aid must reach areas most in need: vice president

Ratio of disaster affected zones
Ratio of disaster affected zones

Nay Pyi Taw, 12 Aug — The National Natural Disaster Management Committee held a work coordination meeting at the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement here on Wednesday, with an address delivered by Vice President U Nyan Tun.
As NNDMC chairman, the vice president spoke of three disaster rescue processes, describing them as prevention and preparedness plans, response and evacuation plans, and rescue and emergency relief plans.
The post-Cyclone Nargis rehabilitation plan undertaken in 2009 identified eight crucial areas, with the vice president listing them as livelihood, shelter and settlement, education, health; water, sanitation and hygiene; disaster risk reduction, environment, and protection of vulnerable groups.
He called for distribution of assistance depending on regional needs, saying rescue teams should coordinate with local governments to ensure their recovery activities help make flood-affected areas resilient to natural disasters.
In the evening, Vice President U Nyan Tun also attended a ceremony at which China’s Yunnan province donated emergency supplies for flood victims.
Union Minister for Commerce U Win Myint received the donations through the Chinese ambassador to Myanmar. The union minister also handed over K5.1 million pooled by his ministry’s staff for flood victims. Daw Myat Myat Ohn Khin, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, accepted the donations.
The Chinese contributions included K40 million plus mosquito nets, groundsheets, oil, rice, detergent, clothes, canned fish, tents, medicines and kitchen utensils.—MNA

Vice President U Nyan Tun views relief aid donated by Dehong Prefecture of China for flood victims in Myanmar.—mna
Vice President U Nyan Tun views relief aid donated by Dehong Prefecture of China for flood victims in Myanmar.—mna

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