Union Minister Dr. Aung Thu inspects silted farmland due to collapse of Swa Dam spillway

Union Minister Dr Aung Thu inspects dredging silts with heavy machineries in Swa Town, Yedashe Township. Photo: MNA
Union Minister Dr Aung Thu inspects dredging silts with heavy machineries in Swa Town, Yedashe Township. Photo: MNA

Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr. Aung Thu inspected yesterday the houses in Shwe Thabyay Village, Swa Town, Yedashe Township, destroyed by recent flooding caused by Swa Chaung Dam spillway collapse and instructed the officials to arrange temporary accommodation for the affected people.
The Union Minister and party went on inspect disinfection of water in wells and tube wells, applying medication tablet to purify the water in the wells/tube wells in flood affected villages and distribution of potable water with mobile water purification vehicles for villagers conducted by Department of Rural Development.
Afterwards, the Union Minister arrived at Swa Dam and inspected the site inspection works conducted to reconstruct a new spillway for the dam where responsible officials explained about the condition of the dam to the Union Minister.
Preliminary site selection, verification and approval, reconstruction as well as maintenance work to strengthen the dam are to be conducted under the dam/reservoir maintenance and safety program of Agriculture Development Support Project (ADSP) loan assistance and Korean experts from Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC) are cooperating by providing advice and technical supports so special care must be taken to make the dam safe and useful , said the Union Minister.
Next, the Union Minister went to 609 acres of farmlands silted due to collapse of Swa Dam spillway and observed the desiling with heavy machineries from Irrigation and Water Utilisation Management Department and Agriculture Mechanisation Department.
The Union Minister met with local people to discuss and explain about reconstruction and redevelopment works to be conducted.—Myanmar News Agency

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