Minister urges locals to prepare for natural disasters

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Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye meets with local people in Bogale, Ayeyawady Region. Photo: MNA

Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye, the Vice Chairman of the National Natural Disaster Management Committee, met residents of Bogale town, Pyapon District and Kyonkan village, Pyapon township yesterday  to oversee preparation works and ensure a proper response to natural disasters.
Dr Win Myat Aye, the Union Minister for the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, said that according to experts, Myanmar ranked 42nd in 171 countries of the world that are most at risk to natural disaster and ranked 15th highest in the world for a lack of readiness in responding to natural disasters.
“It is obvious that we need to be ready to resist and respond to natural disasters.
It is found that this depends on the sturdiness of the country’s bridges and buildings, having safe and secure waterway, roadway and airway transports, having secure  communications and adequate electrical power,” he said.
The union Minister said the new government is working on natural disaster response preparation that includes the strengthening of roads and bridges, improving communication and increasing the usage of electric power.
“The Ministry has been prioritizing for natural disaster preparedness and working on the additional construction of emergency shelters in places where they’re needed.
The cooperative effort to be ready and respond effectively, by  forming a natural disaster response squad of civil society volunteers, auxiliary fire fighters, Red Cross members, the Myanmar Police Force and the Tatmadaw, is being carried out,” he said.
Public participation is vital for natural disaster readiness, the minister said and the ministry has been working to fulfil the public’s needs.
The Minister then provided Ks1295.8 lakh for the construction of a cyclone shelter in Nyaungpate village, Bogale township, Ks25 lakh for a tubewell in water scarce Chaungbyegyi village, Ks50 lakh for the construction of two drinking water ponds in Maelayo village and Bawathit village in Pyapon township, Ks12 lakh for a concrete road to make it easier for students to go to school in Kyonkan village, Ks1295.8 for a school cum shelter in Gawdu village, Ks72 lakh each for Kyonkan village and Nayyaungkar village, Dedaye township to dig and construct a pond and fence.
The Minister also donated clothes to 31 elders in the Home for the Aged in Pyapon township during the trip.— Myanmar News Agency

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