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Much remains to be done to repair flood damage: president

President U Thein Sein  delivers speech at  coordination meeting on reconstruction in  flood-affected regions. MNA
President U Thein Sein delivers speech at coordination meeting on reconstruction in flood-affected regions. MNA

Nay Pyi Taw, 24 Aug — The damage bill from flooding across the nation has hit K139 billion (U.S. $109 million), President U Thein Sein said Monday, as he urged ministries, along with state and region governments, to do everything required to help victims repair their lives.
At a reconstruction planning meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, the president said the entire country, with the exception of one region and two states, had been affected by floods in July, with more than 5,000 buildings and 1.4 million acres of farmland damaged.
The president said it was necessary to provide food, clothing, shelter and healthcare services to flood victims, and while some problems had been solved through international assistance, private donations and government action, much remained to be done.
The reconstruction efforts will be spearheaded by the government based on data collected by state and region governments, the president added.
After the speech, Vice President U Nyan Tun, who chairs the natural disaster management committee, and chief ministers of states and regions hit by floods reported to the president on tasks being carried out for disaster relief. MNA

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