08 March 20 - Source: Myanmar Times - Mandalay Region has developed a mobile phone application to facilitate the delivery of water to communities with shortages during the summer, the region's Department of Rural Development said.

The app can help the government ration water to the 51 villages in 13 townships that are expected to experience shortages.

"We will mainly supply drinking water," said U Soe Than, director of the department. "We didn't get much rain during the last rainy season so many rainwater storage tanks are dry."

"We expect water shortages this summer," he added. "The application will let donors immediately know which areas are in need."

Based on the Myanmar government's estimate, there will be water shortages in 463 villages in 116 townships across the nation, including 90 villages in Ayeyawady Region, and 60 in Sagaing Region.

In Mandalay, an estimated 7640 households will have water shortages.

"With the use of the app, townships can communicate timely information about shortages to the people who want to donate water," a department official said.

Last year, the government predicted there would be water shortage in 49 villages in Mandalay, but 66 villages experienced shortages.

The Water Donation App is now available for Android phones and will be available for iOS devices later. - Translated