On the evening of 26 July, strong winds damaged more than 40 houses in Paung Town. The following morning, Mon State Chief Minister Dr. Aye Zan and officials arrived to provide cash and relief materials to these households, according to the township General Administration Department.
The Mon State Chief Minister, Minister for Social Affairs, Minister for Bamar Ethnic Affairs, and State Hluttaw representatives provided each of 49 wind damaged houses, along with 221 residents, more than Ks 100,000, while state Disaster Management Department head U Thaung Shwe delivered Ks 100,000 to each household, along with 49 sets of relief materials. The Township Red Cross also provided 49 sets of relief materials. The total value of support was valued at Ks 10,728,200, according to officials.
Regarding the winds, Paung Township chief administrator U Zaw Moe Aung said, “Last evening, a little past 5 p.m, strong winds and rains fell for only about 5 minutes. But houses collapsed, roofs were blown off, trees uprooted and lamp posts upturned. The majority of the damage was caused by roofs being blown off. Kada Ward had roofs blown off from 40 houses, and two completely collapsed. Kadonsi Ward had roofs blown off from two houses. Also, a woman was slightly injured. This morning, five more houses collapsed in Kada Ward. A total of 49 houses were damaged or destroyed. The losses were placed at some Ks 22,370,000.”
The Paung Township chief administrator, Township Fire Department head U Soe Kyaw Thu and personnel, the fire brigade reserve, township Police Force personnel, township electric power department personnel, Red Cross personnel, welfare group members and the public were helping to clear the wind damaged areas, while those left homeless were being resettled in nearby houses of relatives.
According to the Township General Administration Department, strong winds caused the most damage in Paung Township in 2018.
Ko Hein (Paung)