05 Sep 19 - Source: Global New Light Of Myanmar - A ceremony to accept donations from the Road and Bridge B.O.T Entrepreneurs Association to provide aid to flood-affected regions was held at the Vice President's meeting hall of the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
Vice President U Henry Van Thio, who is also Chairman of the National Disaster Management Committee, delivered a speech at the ceremony.
In his speech, the Vice President said climate change has caused natural disasters to become more frequent and powerful to the point that they are seen as something normal rather than uncommon.
He said as the culture of cooperation between the government, the public, businesses and humanitarian organizations increase, they will be able to provide better protection and aid to those afflicted by natural disasters.
The Vice President expressed gratitude on behalf of the affected people and the committee to the donors as this rainy season has seen much floods and landslides. He hoped they would be able to continue providing aid in conjunction with the government if similar disasters occur in the future.
Next, a representative of the donors, U Ye Myint, gave a short briefing about the donation for the rescue and rehabilitation efforts for people affected in Mon State, Kayin State and Taninthayi Region.
The donors then handed over K45 million to the Vice President who gave certificates of honour in return.
The ceremony was attended by Union Ministers Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, Thura U Aung Ko, Dr Win Myat Aye and Nai Thet Lwin, Deputy Ministers U Tin Myint, U Soe Aung and U Hla Maw Oo, permanent secretaries and representatives from the donating organization.–MNA
(Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)