El Niño threatens 28 Mon State villages with water shortages

Residents in Thaton collect drinking water from donors. Photo: Myitmakha news Agency
Residents in Thaton collect drinking water from donors. Photo: Myitmakha news Agency

UP TO twenty-eight villages in Thaton District, Mon State, could suffer from El Niño-induced water shortages, according to the Department for Rural Development of Thaton District.
Of the villages that could experience water scarcities, most are located in Bilin and Paung townships, which account for ten villages each, while four villages are situated in each of the townships of Kyaikto and Thaton.
“Some villages this year are experiencing water shortages because of the heat. That is why, as a government department, we are carrying out an initiative in order to mitigate such shortages. We are distributing water to those villages currently suffering from a lack of water. We have auxiliary water vehicles on stand-by should an emergency situation arise,” said U Hla Myo Win, assistant director of the Department of Rural Development for Thaton District.
Local residents have demanded solutions to the impending water shortages from various government bodies.
“Water reserves dried up earlier this year. The annual shortages have never been quite this bad. We’re in a real fix to access drinking water since our reservoirs have dried up.
I don’t know what’s going to happen next in terms of our non-drinking water reserves,” said a resident of Budinkyaung Village.
Local governments are currently carrying out timely distribution of water to six villages suffering shortages, while a plan is in place to provide water-scarce villages with fibre tanks, which each have the capacity to hold more than 1,000 litres.
Lists of villages vulnerable to water shortages are being compiled with emergency contact numbers for villagers, should they experience problems accessing water.—Myitmakha News Agency

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