Plans to be made for quake-hit victims reaching normality and can restart livelihood
Nay Pyi Taw, 14 Nov - Chairman of the work committee for rehabilitation in quake-hit areas, Vice-President Dr Sai Mauk Kham called for allocating the expenditure for the livelihood and rehabilitation of the victims from the disasters fund and called on ministries for funding the rehabilitation tasks.
At the coordination meeting on rehabilitation in quake-hit areas at the President Office here today, the Vice-President also urged participants of the meeting to report the tally of loss and damages, to work together with the central committee in attempts not to cause failures in rehabilitation works and to quickly response to the needs of the quake victims.
The 6.8 M earthquake struck about 45 miles north of Shwebo, Sagaing Region and about 82 miles north of Mandalay at 7.42 am on 11 November, destroying religious edifices, homes, shops, governmental buildings, schools, hospitals, clinics, banks and police stations and leaving some people dead and injured.
Ayeyawady Bridge (Yadana Theinga) which is under construction across the Ayeyawady River and linking Kyaukmyaung and Singu collapsed due the earthquake, killing and wounding some people.
The work committees are to be organized to speed up the rehabilitation tasks in the quake-hit areas, he said. He also stressed the need for timely releasing information related to the works and for announcing contacts for donation for the rehabilitation via media so that donors at home and abroad can donate cash at their convenience.
Plans are to be made for the quake-hit victims until they reach their normality and they can start their career for their livelihood, he added.
To be able to provide medical care to the injured effectively, he urged the Ministry of Health to set up the emergency medical teams and to send them to the quake-hit villages and urged the Ministry of Religious Affairs to invite donors to renovate the religious edifices.
The ministries concerned are to make plans to reconstruct the buildings of the respective ministries, he said. After that, Vice-Chairman of Work Committee for Rehabilitation of earthquake- affected regions Sagaing Region Chief Minister U Tha Aye reported on the outbreak of earthquake, losses and reconstruction of religious edifices, departmental buildings and houses in earthquake-hit townships in the Region, death toll and number of missing persons and relief and rehabilitation tasks and follow-up programme. Afterwards, Vice-Chairman of Rehabilitation Committee for earthquake-hit regions Mandalay Region Chief Minister U Ye Myint also presented the report on earthquake hit areas, damaged buildings, reconstruction, relief, rehabilitation, preventive measures and educative programme.
Next, Secretary of the Committee Deputy Minister for Social Welfare Relief and Resettlement U Phone Swe reported on experience and difficulties in relief and resettlement and management and work programme that should be followed in relief and rehabilitation tasks.
Members of the Committee the deputy ministers explained relief, rehabilitation, preventive measures and educative programme by respective ministries in coordination with Region Government and future programme.
Deputy Minister UPhone Swe explained assistance being provided to the victims and Myanmar Disaster Protection Group’s fund and relief and rehabilitation tasks. After that, Vice-President Dr Sai Mauk Kham urged the officials to fulfill the necessary requirements to the victims so as to return to their normal life and the Vice-Chairmen of Work Committee, the Secretary and members to make coordination in carrying out rehabilitation tasks.