September 23, 2017

VP U Henry Van Thio holds talks on disaster management to aid Rakhine flood victims

VICE-President U Henry Van Thio holds talks with authorities in Rakhine State on relief and resettlement works to aid flood victims in the state.
VICE-President U Henry Van Thio holds talks with authorities in Rakhine State on relief and resettlement works to aid flood victims in the state.

VICE President U Henry Van Thio, chairman of the National Natural Disaster Management Committee, held talks with members of the regional government and departmental officials on relief and resettlement works to aid flood victims in Rakhine State at the regional government building in Sittwe yesterday.
In his address at a donation ceremony for flood victims, the Vice President said that the government is committed to providing necessary assistance to flood victims as soon as possible, adding that his visit was to comfort the victims.
The government has focused on Rakhine State which has poor infrastructure and efforts are being made to improve the education, health and economic sectors of the State through cooperation and collaboration between subcommittees and the regional government, said the Vice President.
He went on to say that works are underway to establish industrial zones and a special economic zone in the State, calling on local people to work hard to grab opportunities.
The Vice President stressed the need for public participation for the success of democratic administration as only the people can shape the future of the country, pledging to strive to build a people-oriented government.
Next, the Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye elaborated on disaster preparedness measures and pointed out that peace and stability are key to socio-economic development in Rakhine State.
In his address, the Union minister noted the Tatmadaw’s involvement in relief and rehabilitation operations.
Then, members of the regional government and departmental officials reported on situations in flooded areas, the provision of relief supplies to flood victims, requirements for rehabilitation efforts and works to be done for flood prevention.
In his concluding remarks, the Vice President highlighted the importance of short-term and long-term plans against disaster, assuring that Rakhine State will develop through cooperation between the people, the government and Tatmadaw.
The national natural disaster management committee will prioritise the outcomes of the meeting, he added.   During the cash and goods donation ceremony Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye, Deputy Minister for Border Affairs Maj-Gen Than Htut and the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Health and Sports presented cash donations including K36 million for flood victims, K6 billion for the construction of cyclone shelters in Rakhine State and K43.4 million to improve the availability of potable water at IDP camps in Pauktaw Township as well as medicine.

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