August 19, 2016

Debate on flood mitigation and water scarcity continues

2Amyotha Hluttaw representatives continued a debate yesterday on a proposal calling for a comprehensive plan for flooding that occurs annually in the delta and coastal regions, a nationwide water shortage during the dry season and restoring the rivers that once benefited the people.
Daw Ei Ei Pyone of Ayeyawady Region Constituency 8 called for dredging operations as flooding is directly tied to dry creeks and rivers and stressed the need of a special fund to implement flood mitigation measures.
In his discussion, Dr Khun Win Thaung of Kachin State Constituency 11 emphasized the need to control logging and reforestation, calling for an initiative encouraging everyone to plant at least 10 trees a year as a bound duty of every citizen.
The MP stressed the need for punitive actions to be taken against the dumping of gold mine waste in rivers and streams and silt dredging for proper flow of water to reduce the risk of flooding.
Likewise, Daw Shwe Shwe Sein Latt of Bago Region Constituency 3 expressed her support for the proposal, suggesting an urgent need to focus on a national water law.
Dr Win Myint of Ayeyawady Region Constituency 10 said that deforestation is the root cause of landslides, flooding and dried-up rivers and streams, pointing out that Myanmar is ranked third-worst for deforestation in the world, after Brazil and Indonesia.
He highlighted the importance of strict adherence to the laws protecting the forests, international technology cooperation for development of rivers and water resources and increasing the durability of dams and reservoirs to prevent floods.
Moreover, the MP called for mobile water supply systems to relieve water scarcity in the dry season and improving the readiness of the ministry concerned for drought response. —Myanmar News Agency


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