Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye met with Deputy Minister U Soe Aung and the Director-General and officials of the Disaster Management Department at the Emergency Operations Centre to monitor and prepare for low pressure which is forecast to occur at the Andaman Sea from 28 to 30 April.
The Disaster Management Department has posed the weather forecast of low pressure and rainfall on its web page on 25 April, based on the data collected from the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology and the global weather internet pages. The low pressure is expected to change into a hurricane and pass through Myanmar, cooperating with European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and Global Forecast to predict that on 2 or 3 May strong winds may blow in Ayeyawady Region and southern Rakhine State.
Next, the Union Minister said the rumours spreading should not cause panic among the public and the public should be educated to identify accurate news from reliable sources for the possible low pressure becoming a hurricane. He said they will plan to reduce losses and damages from the possible hurricane and emergency responses.
The Union Minister said Ayeyawady Region and Rakhine State have the likeliest trajectory for hurricanes and Kayin and Mon states may have more landslides and floods from heavy rains and the disaster management committee is prepared for that.
He said the ministry and the disaster management advisory group hold online meetings to address this topic and will follow Ministry of Heath and Sports guidelines for physical distancing if residences have to relocate for oncoming disasters by supplying face masks, hand soaps.
The Union Minister said vulnerable populations will be prioritized for relocating in natural disasters and to review natural disaster response for IDP camps and to amend if necessary. —MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)