Vice President U Henry Van Thio addresses NWRC coord meeting 3/2018

Vice President U Henry Van Thio addresses the meeting of the National Water Resources Committee (NWRC) in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA
Vice President U Henry Van Thio addresses the meeting of the National Water Resources Committee (NWRC) in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

Vice President U Henry Van Thio, who is the Chairman of the National Water Resources Committee (NWRC) attended and addressed the NWRC coordination meeting 3/2018 held at the meeting hall of Ministry of Transport and Communications, Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
In his address the Vice President said the NWRC had conducted eight meetings including this meeting. The country faces cyclones, flooding, inundations, river bank erosions and landslides during the raining season and those affected encounter economic, social, health and education losses.
The country on the other hand is spending funds annually for relief and rehabilitation works. Due to the efforts put up by relevant ministries and weather situation, this raining season saw less water related disasters along the Ayeyawady and Chindwin rivers. However much flooding and inundation are currently occurring along the Sittoung, Thanlwin, Bago, Shwekyin and Taninthayi rivers in Mon and Kayin states and Bago and Taninthayi regions. The President, the State Counsellor as well as responsible persons went to help and support flood affected citizens.
As Chairman of NWRC, a work coordination meetings related to recent floodings and inundations were held on 28 July and 8 August with relevant ministries and organizations.
At the moment, due to damage of the Swa dam’s spillway, a population of more than sixty thousands faces flooding. Assessments are underway to compile a list of losses in lives and property. At the moment, Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief, Union Ministers, Deputy Ministers and responsible officials are on site to provide necessary coordination and supports, he said.
The NWRC is conducting water resources management and water sector development works and water related works of distribution of irrigation and potable waters, hydro-electricity generation, reducing flooding, inundation and water scarcity, reducing bank erosion, safety of waterway passages, personal hygiene and maintaining of natural surroundings, waste water disposal and maintaining of water quality in coordination with water related ministries, organizations and state/region governments.
In her meeting with Kayin State government members, the State Counsellor had pointed out the need to uncover the root causes of flooding and inundation and if the cause were due to silting of river ways, dredging and maintaining of river ways need to be conducted.
The State Counsellor also remarked on preventing the blockage of drains in towns by setting up proper regulations for waste disposal and informing the public about it to prevent flooding and inundation in towns.
As it is the raining season, the problems and dangers of flooding, inundation and water related disasters and health problems of mosquito breeding will be encountered. Preventive and counter measures for these problems and dangers need to be conducted. Coordination among relevant ministries and organizations are required to mitigate flooding, inundation, water scarcity as well as development of water sector and progress of future works.
Majority of the meeting decisions on future work of the committee has been implemented and remaining works will also be implemented. Meeting attendees can support the implementation of effective all round water resources management system for the country and the people by openly discussing and suggesting on water related works conducted by the committee and related ministries, cooperation with international organizations and requirements in coordination with other ministries and organizations, said the Vice President.
Next, committee Vice Chairman Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung explained about maintaining the river banks, disposal of waste waters in rivers and managing waste disposals, systematic usage of underground water, establishing a good water law, short and long term work processes to reduce flooding and inundation. Committee Secretary Director-General of the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems U Tun Lwin Oo explained the work status of NWRC, Ayeyawady River SOBA (State of the Basin Assessment) Report and Integrated Ayeyawady Delta Strategy (IADS) first phase report and future works.
Afterwards, chairman of departmental expert group U Ko Ko Oo suggested on immediate works of NWRC on preventing flooding, inundation and improvement of waterways while NWRC advisory group secretary Dr. Khin Ni Ni Thein explained about work processes relating to drawing up water laws and works conducted by the advisory group.
Following this, Union Ministers Dr. Aung Thu and U Win Khaing, Deputy Minister Maj-Gen Than Htut, state/region government ministers, heads of departments and officials discussed and explained about experiences of governments in states/regions where recent flooding and inundation was occurring, arrangements made to mitigate damages and losses, maintaining and improving water ways and works of ministerial departments.
The meeting came to a close after Vice President U Henry Van Thio had given his comments on the discussions and suggestions; he said there was a need to place emphasis on the requirement of the country and to listen to the voices of the people as the committee conducted its work for the long term development of the country’s water resources.
The meeting was attended by NWRC member union level organization members, state/region government member ministers, heads of departments, advisory group chairman and members, technicians and officials. — Myanmar News Agency

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