August 19, 2016

President inspects Myittha River dredging operations

President U Thein Sein hears report on widening the Myittha River.
President U Thein Sein hears report on widening the Myittha River.

PRESIDENT U Thein Sein inspected river dredging operations in Myittha river to prevent flooding in Kalay Township, Sagaing Region yesterday.
At a briefing hall near Kyeegon village in the township, Union Minister U Myint Hlaing, Sagaing Region Chief Minister U Tha Aye and an official reported to the President on progress in the dredging of the Myittha river to allow the proper flow of water, dam construction plans for further supply of water and planning for electricity generation.
Next, the President and party visited Razagyo Dam where they oversaw the main dam, the spillway and water outlets and the hydropower facility.
According to officials concerned, dredging operations that include the removal of scrub from river banks and sandbank excavation in the river have been completed by 70 per cent.
On completion, proper flow of water in Myittha river will help villages along the river to prevent flooding, thereby contributing towards ensuring flood risk mitigation for their farmlands and improving their livelihoods.
Prevention and mitigation of flooding in Kalay plain can be brought about by the emergence of dam projects on the Myittha river and its two tributaries, said the Irrigation Department.
Under the influence of cyclonic storm ‘Komen’, heavy downpours occurred in Kalay Township in June and July last year, causing flooding on the Kalay plain following heavy inflows of water into the Myittha river and its tributaries.


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