September 20, 2017

Chaungshay villagers call for lake to be dredged

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Aung dam in Chaungshay village, Nyaung U Township.–Naing Lin

While many regions and states in Myanmar have been inundated by water following flash floods in recent weeks, locals in NyaungU Township are struggling to overcome water shortages due to excess silt in nearby dams and lakes. Chaungshay villagers have relied on the 800-foot-long, 400-foot-wide Aung Dam and another three lakes for many years now. However unless the north lake is dredged before the end of this rainy season, locals may face a water shortage next year, said Chaungshay village administrator U Aye Thar. “Last year the Township Irrigation Department dredged about 30 earthen lakes in many villages. Our village is waiting for there to be enough budget funds to dredge the lake.”


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