February 10, 2017

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Pyithu Hluttaw records proposal calling for repairs to unsafe dams, landslide lake

Geologists observe environs of the lake caused by landslide in Chin State. Photo: Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement
Geologists observe environs of the lake caused by landslide in Chin State. Photo: Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement

THE Pyithu Hluttaw session yesterday documented a proposal calling for immediate repairs to unsafe dams and a landslide lake prior to the upcoming monsoon season.
In his response to the motion submitted by Daw Khin Sann Hline of Pale Constituency, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr Tun Win said K1.5 billion for the Mone Creek spillway and K3.5 billion for the Kyee-on Kyee-wa spillway are set to be spent on the construction of additional facilities for the two dams in Magwe Region.
Additional funds will be sought for construction work set for completion before the upcoming rainy season, added the deputy minister.
Regarding the landslide lake situated on the border between Sagaing Region and Chin State, the deputy minister said that the national natural disaster management committee is dealing with possible risks of the lake, which is likely to collapse due to erosion caused by the inflow of water during the rainy season.      He called for the motion to be recorded at the parliament as necessary measures are being taken against the risk of disasters involving the dams and the lake.
On a question about coal mining by the Ngwe Yee Pale Co Ltd in Mong Rai Township, Shan State, Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win replied that mining permits are being given to local and foreign businesses in accordance with the agreements by respective region and state governments and local people in designated townships, village-tracts and villages.
Next, the Union minister responded to a question on the confiscation of farmlands owned by 42 farmers in Khin U Township, Sagaing Region, saying that none of their 700-acres of farmland were grabbed as they are not included in the forest area.
He added that three farmers were charged over squatting in a community firewood plantation owned by the Arid Zone Greening Department in the township, adding that there is no plan to allow squatters to farm in the area.—Myanmar News Agency

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