President U Thein Sein on Sunday flew to flooded areas of Ayeyawady Region and praised rescue workers for their concerted efforts to prevent the towns from flooding. In Nyaungdon, the president praised local people, military and departmental personnel and social organizations for laying sandbags on river banks as part of the effort to prevent flood water entering the town. More funds would be asked from the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw to pile more sandbags up to five feet, he said before inspecting the distribution of water by a military water-purification vehicle. At a relief camp where 630 flood victims are looked after, he recognized voluntary services in face of disaster, pledging timely assistance to the needs of education, health and agriculture. The recovery activities will include disbursement of paddy seeds and land preparation for cultivation of crops on damaged farmland. In Hinthada, the president inspected the construction of a disaster management training centre, which is near completion. The centre is the first of its kind in Myanmar and its construction started in 2013-2014 fiscal year. At a relief camp there, he presented relief supplies and K50 million for the flood victims through the region’s chief minister. The president also met members of China’s Blue Sky Rescue team, who are here to engaged in rescue operations in Rakhine State. The president flew to Bago Region, where he stopped for the night.