September 22, 2017

Post-flood recovery plans discussed

National Disaster Management Committee and officials discuss post floods and landslide needs assessment framework. Photo: MNA
National Disaster Management Committee and officials discuss post floods and landslide needs assessment framework. Photo: MNA

NAY PYI TAW — A needs assessment workshop on post floods and landslide needs assessment framework in Myanmar took place in Yangon on Thursday.
Vice President U Nyan Tun oversaw the workshop in his capacity as the chairman of Myanmar’s National Natural Disaster Management Committee.
“The main objective of the meeting is to carry out next stage of recovery efforts by inviting development partners to contribute to a post-floods and landslides needs assessment to inform the national framework. This will guide both ongoing recovery efforts and long-term recovery plans.”
Participants discussed the key functions of establishing the recovery framework, the approximation of damage, organisational structures, data collection system and the tasks to be prioritised for rehabilitation.
The floods caused damage in 12 out of 14 states and regions and directly affected 1.6 million people, with knock-off effects felt by millions more.
U Nyan Tun said that the long-term economic and social consequences are yet to be fully understood and that the recovery task is one of the most challenging in recent times.  He emphasised the need for prevention to play a large role in ongoing recovery efforts.
He said that every level of government, as well as civil society groups, have striven to respond to the needs of those affected as swiftly as possible.—MNA

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