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February 26, 2018

Annual water shortages in over 40 Nyaung-U villages yet to be resolved

People seen falling in line as the water bowser arrives.
People seen falling in line as the water bowser arrives.

A TOTAL of 43 villages situated within Mandalay Region’s Nyaung-U district are annually confronted with water shortages, according to the Bagan Myanmar Foundation (BMF), a Nyaung-U township-based charity.
“Our foundation has five water trucks, which we use to distribute water on gratis to those villages in short supply. Looking ahead, we’re going to team up with the U Kyaw Thu charity network to also dig a number of wells in these villages. We’re also presently conducting health education initiatives in these rural areas too,” said U Myo Min Oo, chair of the BMF.
Despite the annual concerted efforts of non-government organisations to donate water to villages where it is scarce, residents claim the amount of water provided still falls short of meeting their needs.
“The primary requirement for our village is wells; water is hard to come by. As such, we’d like to receive water donations if they are being made. There are NGOs that come and provide our village with water, but I can’t say that it’s enough to go around. We even have to pay K200 a barrel for water that comes out of the ground,” said U Tin Maung, a resident of Nyaung-U Township’s Letpateh village.
The provision of drinking water is the primary requirement within the Bagan/Nyaung-U region, while local villagers are reportedly forced to solve their drinking water needs with water from under the ground.
“For the time being, ground water is being distributed to villages with water shortages. A plan is also in place to provide these villages with river water, for which we’re currently conducting further tests,” said U Kyaw Htun, Amyotha Hluttaw MP for Nyaung-U Township.
The 43 villages within the Nyaung-U district, which suffer from water shortage induced problems, are reportedly part of a list of villages complied by the BMF.


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