A TEAM from the Department of Relief and Resettlement and the Fire Services Department and ward administrators helped provide water for drinking and bathing to the residents of KawthaungTownship, who are facing a water shortage.
Due to rising temperatures accompanied by El Niño, communities around the country have been facing scarcity of drinking water.
The water shortage in Kawthaung, located at the southernmost tip of Myanmar,has been exacerbated by its proximity to the coast and influxes of saltwater into its water supply.
Officials from the Department of Relief and Resettlement and the ward administrators in Kawthaung Township,with the help of the Fire Services Department, supplied the 1,400 litres of drinking water and 6,000 gallons of water for bathing and washing to the residents of Bayintnaung Ward and Thirimyaing Ward.
“I fell sympathetic toward people who are suffering from the water crisis. There are some water tankers to use for putting out fires. I try to make sure they are strong enough not to break, as our department does have the funds to repair fire engines and water tankers,” said an official from the Fire Services Department.
“But we did used the water tankers to help the people in crisis,” he added.