August 19, 2016

search for new homes Land survey seeks relocation sites for landslide-hit households

Haka, Chin State.—Photo: Pansy Mawi’s facebook
Haka, Chin State.—Photo: Pansy Mawi’s facebook

The government will publish the findings of a geological survey carried out in Haka, Chin State in September. The survey aims to identify a suitable location for the resettlement of residents left homeless by landslides in late July and early August.  Geological experts met with representatives of the Chin State Government and the Ministry of Mines on Sunday to discuss the preliminary findings of the survey, which will be officially published by the ministry.  Across Haka, more than 600 houses were affected by the landslides, with 370 completely destroyed. In western Chin State, landslides and flash floods caused severe damage; leaving more than 1,000 homes damaged or destroyed, affecting 7,670 people and killing five. Haka Township Administrator U Thein Zaw Oo told The Global New Light of Myanmar on Monday that nearly 200 homes in Myo Haung Ward need to be relocated as a result of the damage caused by the landslide that hit the mountain-side capital city. He added that many residents have already left their homes and moved to safer areas. At the start of the month the city was threatened by food shortages after the Haka-Gangaw Road was almost completely cut off by a landslide. The Chin State government is building an emergency road route that links Kalay in Sagaing Region with Falam in Chin State, in order to transport aid to the mountainous region. The nationwide death toll from landslides and floods between June and late August reached 121. Most of these deaths occurred in Rakhine State, where 56 people were killed, followed by 23 in Sagaing and 12 in Mandalay Region, according to data from the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.


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