3 Feb 2019 - Source: The Global New Light Of Myanmar - National Natural Disaster Management Committee Chairman Vice President U Henry Van Thio accompanied by Union Minister for Construction U Han Zaw, Ayeyawady Region Chief Minister U Hla Moe Aung, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw and departmental officials inspected embankment maintenance works to prevent river bank erosion in Ayeyawady Region Nyaungdon Town yesterday afternoon.
First, Vice President U Henry Van Thio and party were explained about embankment maintenance works to prevent river bank erosion in Nyaungdon town conducted yearly depending upon funds available and status of cooperation with Netherlands on this by Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems Deputy Director General U Win Hlaing. Region Chief Minister U Hla Moe Aung provided additional explanations.
Responding to the explanations, Vice President U Henry Van Thio said that the Ayeyawady Region was a region that had been facing natural disasters of flooding and inundation yearly. To mitigate and reduce damages, funds had to be allocated to clear and dredge dead or non-flowing rivers and creeks. He spoke about being in Ayeyawady Region in 2016 to provide relief and assistance when there were flooding and inundation; the outcome of the mitigation and prevention works carried out since then may be seen now as reduction of losses from these natural disasters in 2018. The Nyaungdon Town embankment maintenance works was an important natural disaster prevention work and thus depending upon availability of funds works must be conducted on priority areas, said the Vice President.
Next, the Vice President and party inspected the embankment maintenance works conducted along the river bank in Nyaungdon Town. Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems had been conducting yearly embankment maintenance works in Nyaungdon Town since fiscal year 2017-2018. Of the total length of 6,250 ft. of embankment work, 1,575 ft. had been conducted and 4,675 ft. of embankment work remains to be done it is learnt. — MNA (Translated by Zaw Min)