Rakhine State Irrigation and Water Resources Management Department is planning to start maintenance work on Chanpyintar Sea-water Dike at the border of Myanmar and Bangladesh as soon as security in Rakhine State improves.
“We will start maintenance tasks on Chanpyintar Sea-water Dike as soon as possible as we have been permitted to do so by the Rakhine State Government. Funds for the work have also been allocated but we have to work according to the security situation as it is located at the border. I think we will be able to start it in February, 2017,” said U Soe Win, Deputy Director of the Irrigation Department.
The dike on the Naf River is six miles long and can prevent sea-water tide from 1,334 acres of farmland and 790 acres of monsoon paddy.
The dike was built in 1996 to prevent sea-water from entering into paddy field of local residents.
“The dike was damaged at least three or four years ago and local people have requested to do maintenance of it since then. As it is an earthen dike and tides in it rise and fall very swiftly, it does not last long. Last month, sea-water from the Naf River flooded a lot of paddy fields,” said U Kyaw Zan Myat of Ngakhuya Village.
The dike contributes not only to the village but also to many other villages in the area including Yedwingyan, Kathapoung, Oo China Kya and Kyakhoungtaung where Myo, Khami, Dinetgyi, Maramagyi and local Muslims reside.
“We have not been able to grow rice, our main crop, for more than two years because of the damaged dike, which allows sea-water to our field.
So, we have to go to mountains and do fishing for a living. We requested the government to do maintenance of the dike because it is very important for us,” Daw Nwe Bunaw, a farmer in Yedwingyan Village said.