Building 12 embankments in Mandalay 60% complete : DWIR

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Embankments are being built by the Mandalay Region Government. Photo: Aung Thant Khine

Of the 15 retaining walls planned along the Ayeyawady and Dothtawady rivers to mitigate the threat of riverbanks collapsing due to rising water levels, three have been built, while work on the remaining 12 is over 60 per cent complete, according to the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems.
The Mandalay Region authorities began building the embankments in February, with the aim of finishing construction before July. Tenders have been issued to private companies to build some of the embankments. “We have to build the embankments while the level of water in the river is low. So, we need to finish construction before the rains. Some embankments are about 60 per cent complete. We expect to finish construction by the end of June,” said U Hsaung Dine, the Deputy Director of Mandalay Region’s Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems.
The 15 embankments are being built in Madaya, Amarapura, Ngazun, Myingyan, Tada-U, Singu, and Patheingyi townships.
The regional government has allocated K5,000 million, while the Union government has granted K620 million for the project. “In Myitkyina, the water level in the river has increased.
In five days or so, the level of water may rise in Mandalay, too. We’ve pushed the project managers to finish construction in time.
The collapse of riverbanks can be attributed to human activity, in addition to natural causes,” said U Toe Aung Lin, Director, DWIR, Mandalay.—Khine Satt Wai (Translated by Hay Mar)

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