Nay Pyi Taw, 20 July — President U Thein Sein arrived Monday in Sagaing Region to inspect areas hit by severe flooding.
Sagaing Region received a record 7.83 inches of rain from 14-18 July, with more than 40,000 acres of farmland damaged.
The president and party were welcomed at TadaU International Airport by Chief Minister U Ye Myint, Central Command Commander Maj-Gen Soe Htut and officials.
At the hall of the airport, Vice Chairman Mr Futoshi Hiroi and General Manager Mr Yosuke Shigemori of MJAS presented K3 million for flood victims to the union ministers.
The president and party proceeded to Kanbalu by helicopter where they were greeted there by Sagaing Region Chief Minister U Thar Aye, Commander of North-West Command Maj-Gen Min Naung, town elders and local peoples.
Afterward, the president and party arrived at Minmyin Dam and thanked members of the Tatmadaw from Shwebo Station working to repair the overflowed dam.
The president and party presented gifts to Tatmadaw members before meeting local people near the dam.
Union Minister U Myint Hlaing, the chief minister of Sagaing Region and officials reported to the president on evacuation procedures and disaster prevention efforts.
After hearing reports, the president said it was an unusual natural disaster and urged officials to be prepared for further heavy rains and to inspect dams and reservoirs countrywide.
He praised the region government, local people and members of the Tatmadaw for their work to prevent damage to Minmyin Dam.
Later, the president and party continued to Thaphanseik Dam, where Union Minister U MyintHlaing, the chief minister and officials reported to the president on water supply and electricity generation.
The current water level in the dam is still under its storage capacity of 2,880,000 acres, according to sources.
Later in the afternoon, the president and party viewed flood-damaged areas in Kyunhla and met with Hluttaw representatives, town elders, members of the township management committee, members of the development supporting committee, members of development affairs committee, officials and local people.
The president was accompanied on his trip by Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Union Ministers U Myint Hlaing and U Ohn Myint, Lt-Gen Myint Soe of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army) and deputy ministers.—MNA