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June 19, 2019

Union Minister for SWRR inspects river erosion in Minbu Township

Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye inspects the river bank erosion in Minbu Township, Magway Region.  Photo: MNA
Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye inspects the river bank erosion in Minbu Township, Magway Region.  Photo: MNA

Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye arrived yesterday in Nabe Ban Village and Mon Kyo Village in Minbu Township, Magway Region, to inspect the status of moving the villages to new locations, as the original sites were harmed by erosion along the Ayeyawady River bank. While in Minbu, During his tour, the Union Minister inspected preventive works to maintain and strengthen the river bank.
Afterwards, the Union Minister met and discussed the developments with Hluttaw representatives from Minbu Township, along with village elders, villagers and officials. Due to erosion caused by Ayeyawady River, 912 persons from 211 households were relocated in 2013. Currently, the Ayeyawady River is only some 300 ft. from Nabe Ban Village, and preventive works are needed.
During Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-2017, FY 2017-2018, and from April to September 2018, river bank erosion in 12 states and regions required the relocation of some 13,000 households, with most of these being in Ayeyawady, Bago and Magway regions.
Under the guidance and management of National Disaster Management Committee Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement is conducting natural disaster management work and providing assistance to families that need to relocate due to river bank erosion. It is also coordinating and working with state and regional governments to perform river bank erosion preventive works.—MNA (Translated by Zaw Min)

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