June 30, 2017

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Vice president calls for valley authority law

Vice President U Nyan Tun delivers address at the work co-ordination meeting of the committee for the National Disaster Management. Photo: MNA
Vice President U Nyan Tun delivers address at the work co-ordination meeting of the committee for the National Disaster Management. Photo: MNA

VICE PRESIDENT U Nyan Tun addressed the National Disaster Management Committee at a work co-ordination meeting yesterday in Nay Pyi Taw. The vice president serves as chairman of the committee.
“The Tennessee Valley, previously damaged by frequent floods, has now become a strong stimulus for American economic growth, as the US Congress has promulgated the Tennessee Valley Authority Act. Thanks to this act, an integrated valley development program has come into existence, with 54 dams and embankments supplying both water and electricity, in addition to the protection of hydrological environments,” he said.
He also cited the Yangtze River Water Conservancy as another example of how irrigation networks have contributed to the socio-economic development of a local populace, saying the project has contributed to China’s national development.
The vice president said the income earned from Yangtze Economic Zone constitutes 28 per cent of China’s GDP.
He also brought up the Murray River in Australia, the Rhine River in Germany, the Meuse River in France and the Scheldt River in the Netherlands, saying dams on the rivers have contributed to the prevention of natural disasters and the preservation of local ecosystems.
He stressed the need to promulgate a valley authority law in order to implement integrated water basin management, build flood controlling dams and embankments and strengthen environmental protection measures.—Myanmar News Agency

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