The construction of a school shelter started on 21 January in Zee Phyu Gone village, Kani township, Yinmabin district, Sagaing region has been completed 35 per cent.
“Currently, the school shelter has been completed by 35 per cent. It will be entirely constructed within this financial year,” said Daw Aye Aye Aung, the head of the Department of Disaster Management in Kani Township.
The school shelter building started its construction, with a spending of over K140 million from the National Natural Disaster Management Committee’s fund of the 2020-2021 financial year. It is a two-storeyed RC building and it is 140 feet in length, 30 feet in width and 20 feet in height. Separate toilets are built for girls and boys with authorities taking into consideration the need for privacy and cleanliness. Myint Gabar Soe company is responsible for the construction project.
“In a normal situation, the building will become the classroom for the students. The building also includes a common room for the teachers. There will be a perfect classroom for the region unless there is no disaster. In the event of a natural disaster, the Kyaw village group and the villagers from nearby groups can come to take shelter in that building,” she added.
Upon completion of the school shelter, the school shelter can be used as storm shelters when a natural disaster strikes. The whole family members can stay in the building if they suffer from a natural disaster. The building could also be used for other reasons.
In 2020, the Sagaing region suffered from 363 times of natural disaster such as fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, landslide, earthquakes, lightning and other geological processes. More than 7,100 households were affected in some areas of the Sagaing region by natural disaster while about 33 people were killed and 60 injured in the disaster events, according to the data recorded from the Department of Disaster Management in the Sagaing Region. — Lu Lay/GNLM