President U Htin Kyaw tours Ayeyawady Region, assists flood-affected people

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Nay Pyi Taw, August 19

President U Htin Kyaw met with flood-affected people sheltering at temporary camps in Ayeyawady Region yesterday, offering assistance in their livelihoods and rehabilitation.

The president and his entourage comprising Union ministers arrived at Pathein, Ayeyawady Region, yesterday via a special flight of the Tatmdaw.

They flew to Thabaung, a flood-hit township in the region and there met the local people sheltering at Kanyinchaung Monastery and presented relief supplies to them.

During the visit, President U Htin Kyaw encouraged the flood-affected people, pledging that the Union government would assist in their rehabilitation.

He also spoke with members of the Ayayawady Region Parliament on efforts pertaining to the rehabilitation of flood-affected people.

The president also went to Ngathaingchaung, Kyonpyaw, Pathein and Kangyidauk and provided relief supplies to the flood-affected sheltering at temporary relief camps. The flood, which began in mid-June, has affected 504,471 people from 123,643 families in 19 townships of Ayayawady Region.

The Ayaywady Region Government has set up 362 shelters for flood-affected people, provided 4,639 bags of rice and spent more than K140 million on aid. Meanwhile, the Ayeyawady Region Relief and Resettlement Department has spent more than K145 million up to 18 August providing aid and construction materials.

The National Disaster Management Committee provided authorities with more than K200 million for the relief and rehabilitation of the flood-affected in the region.