August 19, 2016

MSWRR, Tatmadaw make flood relief efforts

The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement is making flood relief efforts in close coordination and cooperation with military troops in affected regions and states, its union minister said in a press conference in Yangon yesterday.
Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye said the floods cut off an area in Kachin State, making it inaccessible except by air.
“Military helicopters provide immediate airlifts of relief supplies,” he said, recalling the army’s quick response to the rescue efforts in previous disasters.
“The role of the army in response to disasters is of paramount importance.”
The military medical teams would rush instantly to places where there was a shortage of health staff, the union minister said.
The onset of incessant rain from mid-July has battered 71 townships in six regions and three states, prompting the authorities and civil society to carry out the emergency evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from the disaster.
According to official statistics, as of 13 August, more than 430,000 people were evacuated to safer areas.
Flood waters in Kachin State and Sagaing Region have started receding, with local people saying that there were no more rescue camps. In Mandalay Region, 12 townships were affected by the recent floods, which reports said were receding.
According to the press conference, dozens of townships remain flooded: 11 in Magway Region, 6 in Bago Region, 13 in Ayeyawady Region and 5 in Yangon Region.
From 15 July to 13 August, the ministry spent K83.27 million from its budget and K484.85 million from the disaster management fund on relief and rescue efforts in the flood-affected states and regions.


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