August 19, 2016

Rakhine residents call on new govt to solve water crisis

A lake is dried up in Taungup, Rakhine State. Photo: Myitmakha News Agency
A lake is dried up in Taungup, Rakhine State. Photo: Myitmakha News Agency

THE Rakhine Natural Resource Network of Taungup has announced that it will call on the new Union government, state government and relevant government departments to solve drinking water shortages within Rakhine State.
The network held its first public meeting at a monastery in the Taungup Township village of Thetkehgyun on 11 March to discuss how the government can solve the water problem.
“Fourteen townships in Rakhine State, including Taungup, Minbya and Mrauk U, suffer annual water shortages. The outcome of the meeting is to call upon the new government, the state government and relevant departments [to resolve the issues],” said U Zeya Kyaw, chair of the Rakhine Natural Resource Network for Taungup.
Extremely high temperatures in Rakhine State regularly cause water reserves, including wells and reservoirs, to dry up early. Despite the digging of artesian and machine-powered wells, the leaking of salt water into these water sources causes difficulties in accessing clean, purified drinking water.
The detrimental impact of water shortages brought by the El Niño weather front is felt most strongly within Rakhine State, affecting over 1,200 villages in 10 townships, including Kyauktaw, Mrauk U, Taungup and Sittwe, according to the township-level branches of the network.—Myitmakha News Agency


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