Water shortages in Yangon’s Dala

Post-cover Residents in Dala queue to get clean water for their houses. Photo: Mar Naw/The Myanmar Times

18 May 2020 - Source: Myanmar Times

The Dala township of Yangon faces severe water shortages, said regional MP U Tun Yin from Dala township.

"The township has a shortage of drinking water, but the township municipal committee and other organisations are working to deliver water on request," he said.

Two-third of lakes in Dala township have dried up, so three years ago the township invited donors to help relieve shortages. Short term plans were made to deal with the problem back in January this year, he said.

Photo: Mar Naw/The Myanmar Times

The municipal committee and local organisations are currently working to provide between 50,000 to 100,000 gallons of water every day in Dala.

"Almost every village in Dala has some kind of water shortage. The lakes dried up because of the very high temperatures this year. We plan to provide them with water as long as the roads don't become blocked, before the rainy season sets in," said U Kyaw Lin, a committee member (1) of the municipal committee of Dala.

There are 24 wards in the city and 54 villages in 23 village tracts. There are 124 reservoirs in the central area, and 329 for the villages in Dala township; the Yangon Water Distribution Center supplies 1.2 million gallons of water to 4,560 households in the central area of Dala every day, which is only about 24 percent of the water supply, to a total of 31,383 households in the township.

Photo: Hmue Angel/The Myanmar Times

The people of Dala township are in need of donations to build new reservoirs, as well as to renovate the old ones. Residents are carrying out a water supply project in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is buying 20 acres of agricultural land from PhayagyiSu village in Twante township, said U Kyaw Lin. - Translated 

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