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Gov’t pledges K3.2 billion assistance for flood-hit Rakhine State

Skilled workers and engineers of Road Special Group No 18 repair damaged  bridge on Taungup-Kyaukpyu road.—MNA
Skilled workers and engineers of Road Special Group No 18 repair damaged bridge on Taungup-Kyaukpyu road.—MNA

Nay Pyi Taw, 9 July— The Union Government announced a K3.216 billion package Thursday to resettle displaced people and rebuild damaged infrastructure in Rakhine State following severe flooding in late June.
Six people died during three days of torrential rain that struck 14 townships in the state from 24 June. The flooding also killed 25,055 animals, according to the Rakhine State government.
The natural disaster destroyed 2.564 acres of rice fields, 592 houses, seven schools, two monasteries, 54 bridges and 42 road sites.
Around half of the assistance package, or some K1.6 billion, is allocated to reconstruction of roads and bridges. Another K891.1 million is to be spent on reconstruction of houses. The education, health and livestock sectors will also receive funding under the plan.
The damage bill was highest in An Township, which incurred nearly K1.4 billion worth of losses.
A delegation led by Union Minister for Border Affairs Lt-Gen Thet Naing Win started relief efforts on 30 June, delivering K20 million worth of aids to flood victims in three townships.
The state government has been closely supervising resettlement and reconstruction efforts. MNA

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