THE Water Resources and River Development Department will take emergency measures to prevent river bank erosion in several villages as part of the new government’s 100-day project initiative. The department will use money from its emergency fund amounting to K150 million (US$128,425). The department began preventive measures on 4 May in two villages, and the project will begin in other villages beginning on 12 May.
“We included emergency measures in the schedule of the 100-days project. River banks collapse mostly during high tide. Therefore, we included preventive measures in this project,” said U Toe Aung from the Water Resources and River Development Department.
This April, tides were higher than usual because of El Niño.
Hsinkyin and Kyunhsin villages were the first to receive assistance under the project. Other villages that require action include: Sinthal Village and Hhinthar Ma Village in Sintku Township; Konetan Village and Thatansin Village in Madaya Township; and Chaintagyi Village in Patheingyi Townsip.
Aung Thant Khine