Flood management in Yangon has improved 75%: YCDC member

Workers seen at the upgrading of drainage system in Yangon. Photo: Phoe Khwar

Flood management measures are being undertaken in Yangon Region and there has been a 75-per cent improvement in the urban drainage system compared to last year, said U Min Han, Yangon City Development Committee member in charge of drainage and sewage management.
He made the remarks at a press conference on YCDC’s performance, held on 1 July at the Yangon City Hall.
“We have been making efforts to improve the urban drainage system in 33 townships of Yangon Region. This year, there has been a 75-per cent improvement in the drainage system,” said U Min Han.
“We need machines for flood management. Machine purchases were previously handled by YCDC’s Engineering Department (Roads and Bridges). Now, the Yangon Mayor and our department are planning to purchase the machines,” he added.
A long-term flood management plan is being implemented with the assistance of the World Bank, said Daw Hlaing Maw Oo, secretary, YCDC.
“The drains in flood-prone wards in Yangon Region release untreated water directly into rivers and streams. We need to be prepared for any possible rise in rainfall, sea level, and tide. Therefore, we are implementing flood management in line with the changing climate conditions, with the assistance of our development partner, World Bank,” she said.
By Nyein Nyein (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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