August 19, 2016

Only 200 flood shelters operational across the country as waters subside

Many flood shelters have closed down as floodwaters which swept over swathes of the country have resided, leaving only two hundred reportedly still in operation, according to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.
Floodwaters have reportedly resided from 71 townships in six regions and two states around the country.
“Relief efforts, in areas affected by flooding, will only be feasible if records and data are accurate. As such, it’s imperative that records on the destruction are properly collected so efforts can be made to rebuild in areas where floodwaters have subsided,” said Dr Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.
Over 600 hundred charity groups and civil society organizations are currently collaborating in providing food aid and healthcare services to flood victims in the remaining shelters.
“Fields and farmlands have been most affected, and we’ve subsequently instructed government departments concerned to carry out surveys [on these areas]. We’ve apologized for noting being able to immediately supply seeds and fertilizer to those farmers who are in need,” said U Soe Aung, permanent secretary of the aforementioned ministry.
The ministry has financially supported the flood hit regions of Sagaing, Mandalay, Magway, Bago, Ayeyarwady and Yangon Regions, together with the states of Kachin and Mon, with a reported sum of K500,000 million.
Records of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement for the mid-August reveal that flooding as so far claimed eight lives and continues to leave more than 300,000 people displaced, while over 250 households have also reportedly been destroyed.—Myitmakha News Agency


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