Heavy equipment is at work in reclaiming 24 acres of land at Warpeik village in Rakhine State where fire brokeout on 13 November evening last year in addition to violent attacks it faced a month earlier.
The authorities are reclaiming land for about 300 homes for the village in Maungtaw Township that had lost 289 homes in the fire out of a total of 318.
“Warpeik is included in our village tract. The current land reclamation program covers 280 new homes. According to home-ownership list, only 255 families had homes. But we are building 280 as we have also taken into account the accommodation for homeless families. As the program is nearly completed, we set the resettlement date for villagers who lost their homes on the 10th of this month,” explained U Zaw Phyo Tun, the administrator of Kyeeganbyin village-tract.
Under the program, every household will get a 40-ft x 60-ft plot in the reclaimed area which has entrance and departure roads and systematic drainage system.
“It will be a model village. In the past untidy groups of homes were erected hither and thither in a village, making it inaccessible to fire engines in emergency times. But now we have the entrance road and the departure road apart from the existence of well-arranged drains. We will set up more such villages when and where necessary, Zaw Phyo Tun told the media.” “The government will provide financial aid for building houses on the orderly reclaimed plots after the allotment program. Currently World Food Program-WFP is providing food for Kyeeganbyin Ale village and Warpeik village monthly in the two ethnic villages, only poor families are chosen under food aid program. We cannot supply food for everyone yet,” he added.
During the October violent attack, fire broke out in 12 villages causing loss of 1152 homes, according to the list compiled by Kyeeganbyin village administration office in December.
Ye Khaung Nyunt