July 16, 2017

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Work together for disaster preparedness

  • By Aye Min Soe
  • Monsoons and torrential rain is common in Myanmar during its long rainy season, which begins in mid-June and continues into October.The near-constant rainfall swells the country’s waterways, with the Ayeyawady River, the country’s longest and largest, causing widespread flooding and landslides downstream.In June, the overflow from the Uru River submerged low-lying areas. Several other rivers, including the Chindwin and the Ayeyawady, have reached dangerously high levels in some towns. They need careful monitoring.
    As part of disaster preparedness, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye is currently visiting central Myanmar, holding talks with local authorities and assisting in preparedness tasks.
    Some areas in central Myanmar are especially flood prone, especially in Chin and Shan States and the Taninthayi Region, which experienced rain-induced landslides.
    Reviewing our past experiences and current preparedness measures against disasters can reduce the loss of life and property and are helpful in providing quick responses to the disasters.
    Preparation is the key, and also effective communication. We should not forget the importance of the quick dissemination of weather information and disaster awareness among the people in order to reduce the disaster risks..

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