Plans underway to prevent saltwater flows, drinking water shortage in Yangon Region

The Irrigation and Water Utilization Management Department of Yangon Region is working together with Yangon Region Development Committee to supply irrigation water, conduct flood preventive measures and distribute drinking water to Yangon. It also arranges to ensure drinking water stocks in urban cities and curb salt water flows into fields and wards in lower parts of the Yangon Region.
“Our department makes arrangements not to occur flows of seawater and drinking water shortage if the natural disaster occurs. The patrol units and essential materials are ready at the dams and dikes to stop the salt water. The heavy machines are also getting ready to preserve the dams due to the disasters. All the dams and dikes are in good condition,” said Assistant Director U Nyan Soe of the regional department.
The region has nine dams, 49 flood prevention and saltwater prevention dikes, 160 sluice gates, and 22 river water pumping stations developed by the government and is benefitting 1,014,776 acres of farmlands of the region. The 27 saltwater prevention dikes – 292 miles in total in Thanlyin, Kyauktan, Thongwa, Kayan, Kungyangon, Kawhmu, Twantay and Dala prevent the inflow of seawater. The department makes proper plans to ensure drinking water stocks for Yangonites and prevent the entry of saltwater into the fields and wards. — Nyein Thu (MNA)/KTZH

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