September 20, 2017

Landslide resettlement plans will prioritise town planning: President

President U Thein Sein converses with local Chin nationals at the ceremony to donate provisions to flood victims.
President U Thein Sein converses with local Chin nationals at the ceremony to donate provisions to flood victims.

Resettlement plans for communities affected by recent landslides in Chin State will feature improved town planning to ensure higher living standards, President U Thein Sein told locals in Tidim Township on Wednesday.
The president said that government assistance would be provided for rebuilding and resettlement projects. Almost 3,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by landslides in July and August and five people were killed.
The president also visited a relief shelter in Tidim, where he provided food, clothes and other supplies.
The local government is attending to the needs of the 486 people staying in two rescue camps in Tidim.
In Kalay, the president inspected Yazagyo Dam and was briefed by officials on its current inflow, the passage of water from the spillway weir and the disposal process for logs discovered in the dam.
The president stressed the need for the continuous upkeep of the irrigation facility, measures against deforestation, and de-silting farmlands to enable beans and pulses to be cultivated.
He urged officials to inspect landslide-affected lakes and to provide communities with timely weather warnings.
He urged locals to set aside prejudices and vote for candidates who will genuinely serve the interests of the region and the country as a whole in the upcoming general election.
Bad weather forced the president to cancel two earlier scheduled trips to Chin State.

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