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VP U Henry Van Thio calls for special emphasis on disaster response plan

Vice President U Henry Van Thio addresses the meeting of the National Natural Disaster Management Committee in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA
Vice President U Henry Van Thio addresses the meeting of the National Natural Disaster Management Committee in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

Vice President U Henry Van Thio, chairman of the National Natural Disaster Management Committee, yesterday stressed the need to place special emphasis on responses to natural disasters in Asia and the Pacific, the area in the world that is most prone to natural disasters.
In his address at the committee’s (2/2016) work coordination meeting, the Vice President called for coordinated implementation of rehabilitation works, pointing out human trafficking cases and the issues of internal migration and illegal migrant workers due to weaknesses in resettling and rehousing the people after a disaster.
He highlighted the importance of rebuilding agriculture and road transport sectors, the livelihoods of recent flood victims and seeking ways for necessary assistance suitable for their own regions to the affected areas before harvest.
He also emphasized the need to develop a national plan to conserve and maintain rivers and dams.
The Vice President called on those present to submit monthly reports on use of funds to the committee.
Next, Permanent Secretary U Soe Aung, the secretary of the committee, and Union Ministers Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, Dr Win Myat Aye, Dr Aung Thu, U Thant Sin Maung and U Win Khaing, chairmen of work committees, reported to the Vice-President on sector-wise matters.
In his concluding remarks, the Vice President called for systematic and accurate disaster funding statistics and data, field trips to be made by officials concerned, collaborative efforts between the departments concerned and the regional governments on river bank erosion evacuation process.
According to the NNDMC, the committee spent K5.4billion on disaster recovery during the period from 1 April to 21 September this year.—Myanmar News Agency

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