August 19, 2016

DON’T DELAY THE MOVE — Nearly 3,000 homes in Chin State need to be relocated by mid-October

President U Thein Sein assists in relocation of nearly 3,000 homes to a safer areas in Chin State.
President U Thein Sein assists in relocation of nearly 3,000 homes to a safer areas in Chin State.

A total of 2,987 homes that were damaged or destroyed by recent landslides in Chin State must be relocated to safer areas before the cold season begins in mid-October.
During a visit to one of the worst hit areas in the mountainous state, President U Thein Sein urged local authorities to invest every effort in completing the task.
According to the Chin State Government, 1,162 homes were completely destroyed and another 1,825 deemed unsafe following landslides caused by torrential rains in July and August. Five people were killed during the bout of unusually severe weather.
The president also called on local authorities to swiftly develop a strategy for providing the relocated community with adequate infrastructure and basic amenities, such as water supplies.
Japan has offered to fund the construction of new schools to replace those hit by landslides, local authorities said.
Paletwa sustained the worst damage in Chin State, with 940 homes either destroyed or in need of repair. The capital of Haka was also badly affected, with 870 homes caught by the landslide.
During the president’s visit to Chin State, the Sitagu missionary group of Sagaing donated K1.5 billion (US$1.15 million) to the Ministry of Religious Affairs to rebuild the pagodas that were destroyed by the disaster. The group also donated K1.5 billion (US$1.15 million) to the All Christian Denomination in Chin State, K2 billion ($1,536) to the Chin State Government and medical equipment worth US$80,000 to hospitals in the state.
During his visit to Chin State, President U Thein Sein presented clothes, blankets and lamps to the local people affected by the disaster.
Five disaster-related deaths were reported in Chin State from the mid-July to early August.
Haka, the capital city, was left facing food shortages after the Haka-Gangaw Road, a vital route for supplies, was severely damaged by a landslide in early August.


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