August 19, 2016

DM asks for proposal for flood mitigation and water scarcity plan to be recorded

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DEPUTY Minister Dr Tun Win called on the Amyotha Hluttaw to record a proposal to develop a comprehensive plan for flood mitigation and water scarcity alleviation following continued debate on the proposal yesterday.
In his response to the proposal the deputy minister pledged a continued coordination with the ministries concerned to implement short-term and long-term plans for reducing flooding risks in delta and coastal regions.
Regarding measures against water shortages and dredging operations to restore rivers and streams, the deputy minister said that efforts were being made under short-term and long-term plans that involve effective utilisation of water resources by repairing dams and lakes and tapping underground water in dry zones and areas adjacent to the sea.
According to the deputy minister, there will be repairs made to 94 drinking water lakes in eight regions and states this fiscal year and the government is implementing water supply projects in 298 townships across the country.
During the 11th day session of the Amyotha Hluttaw lawmakers continued debate on a proposal calling for a comprehensive plan for flooding that occurs annually in delta and coastal regions and nationwide water shortages during dry season. The proposal also called for the restoring of rivers that once benefited the people.
U J Yaw Wu of Kachin State Constituency 1 called for a special plan to maintain the country’s major rivers and immediate actions for putting an end to illegal logging and a ban on sand mining along coastlines.
U Kyaw Toke of Mandalay Region Constituency 7 disagreed with the deputy minister’s call for putting the proposal on record, suggesting realisation of the proposal over the prescribed periods and demanding an immediate stop to excessive logging and exploitation of natural resources.
But, U Than Soe (a) Than Soe (Economics) of Yangon Region Constituency 4 expressed his support for documenting the proposal, saying that realisation of the proposal needs a national policy that should be sought at a national convention involving all stakeholders.
U Myint Naing of Rakhine State Constituency 5 emphasised the need for river dredging operations to prevent floods in the country’s disaster-prone Rakhine State, pointing out that flooding leads to water stress in the region.


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