New homes ready - New settlements for flood, landslide victims available in Chin State

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More than six months after floods and landslides in Haka and Tiddim of Chin State, new settlements are being handed over to the disaster victims by the regional government following rehabilitation efforts carried out by the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry.

The ministry built 458 houses—417 in Haka Township and 41 in Tiddim Township where some locals lost property due to flooding and landslides caused by heavy rains in July of last year.

According to the ministry, each house is fitted with two bed rooms and has a floor area of 640 square feet which can be occupied by more than five family members. Each home cost K4.4 million.

The ministry handed over the new settlements for the disaster victims to the Chin State government on 30 January. The regional government is currently accommodating people at the new homes.

In western Chin State, landslides and flash floods caused severe damage; leaving more than 1,000 homes damaged or destroyed, affecting 7,670 people and killing five.

The nationwide death toll from landslides and floods between June and late August reached 120. Most of these deaths occurred in Rakhine State, where 56 people were killed, followed by 23 in Sagaing and 12 in Mandalay Region, according to data from the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.