Providing food and shelter to flood victims should be top priority Vice-President Dr Sai Mauk Kham provides relief supplies to flood victims in Magway Region

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NAY PYI TAW, 23 Oct-Vice-President Dr Sai Mauk Kham together with Union Minister for Border Affairs and for Industrial Development Lt-Gen Thein Htay, Union Minister for Labour and for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Aung Kyi, Union Minister for Health Dr Pe Thet Khin, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig-Gen Kyaw Zan Myint, Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Khin Zaw, Deputy Minister for Education U Ba Shwe, Nay Pyi Taw Council Member U Saw Hla and personnel attended relief supplies donation ceremony to flood victims in Pakokku District this morning.

On arrival at Pakokku, Pakokku District of Magway Region, the Vice-President and party were welcomed by Union Construction Minister U Khin Maung Myint, Magway Region Chief Minister U Phone Maw Shwe, region ministers and departmental officials.

Speaking at the donation ceremony at Tilawkayama Monastery, the Vice-President said that although natural disaster cannot be controlled, preventive measures can be taken to mitigate loss of lives and property.

Wood-cutting should be avoided to prevent from floods and inundation and if it is necessary to cut down a tree, ten trees should be grown again, and slash-and-burn farming should be avoided as much as possible, which will contribute to prevention against flood and inundation.

The Union government, Magway region government, wellwishers, and non-governmental organizations within their capacity will collaboratively assist in rehabilitating the flood victims.

The flood victims will be provided with rice, oil, household utensils and cash assistance. The Vice-President comforted flood victims urging them to play a part in rehabilitation tasks, promising that the Union government would provide assistance to them.

Then, the Vice-President presented K 50 million for flood victims to buy construction materials and foodstuffs through Magway Region Chief Minister U Phone Maw Shwe.

The Vice-President also donated K 9.25 million for 106 victims died in floods, K 101.15 million for 2023 flooded households in Pakokku District through officials.

Union Minister for Border Affairs Lt-Gen Thein Htay donated rice, oil, noodle packages, 1500 sets of school uniforms, 500 dozens of note books, clothes and personal goods worth K 10 million and financial assistance of K 10 million, Chairman of Myanmar Natural Disaster Prevention Committee Union Minister for Labour and for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Aung Kyi six kinds of relief items worth K 24,023,125 and 20000 CI sheets worth K 22 million, Union Minister for Health Dr Pe Thet Khin 10 first-aid kits, Union Minister for Construction U Khin Maung Myint K 2.5 million, Myanmar Rice Association 500 bags of rice, Myanmar Oil Dealers Association 500 viss of oil, Myanmar Beans and Pulses and Sesame Traders Association K 2.5 million, SWRR Deputy Minister U Phone Swe clothes worth K 2,846,900.

Deputy Minister for Education U Ba Shwe Presented presented 600 dozens of exercise books worth K 1.32 million, General Secretary of the Union Solidarity and Development Party Pyithu Hluttaw Representative U Htay Oo 1000 blankets worth K2.5 million; 395 representatives of Pyithu Hluttaw K3.95 million; representatives of Amyotha Hluttaw K2.2 million, Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation K2.5 million, Magway Region Women’s Affairs Organization and Maternal and Child Welfare Association K2 million, Myanmar Onion, Garlic & Vegetables Exporters’ Association K4million; onion exporters and Bayintnaung onion & garlic brokerages K6,515,000, Chairman of Asia World Express Co Ltd U Maung Maung K10 million, Chairman of Fortune International Co Ltd U Mya Han K10 million; Chairman of Nann Pyi Tagun Col Ltd U Myo Thiha K10 million and Premier Coffee Mix Co Ltd packs of coffee mix worth K3million and officials concerned accepted the donation.

The total amount of cash and kind donated to the flood victims has reached K307,055,650.

After the ceremony, the Vice-President visited a monastic education school at Tilawkarama Monastery.

During the visit, the Vice-President paid respects to Presiding Sayadaw of the monastery Maha Saddhamma Jotikadhaja Bhaddanta Pannavamsa, discussed matters related to the monastic education school and donated offertories to the Sayadaw.

Afterwards, the Vice-President and party inspected the temporary road and the Shwechaung Creek which overflowed recently. They inspected the damages of the bridge caused by the floods and Union Minister U Khin Maung Myint reported on damages of the bridge, arrangements for construction of temporary bailey bridge and the site chosen to construct an ironreinforced bridge and estimated cost for the construction of the bridge.

After hearing reports, the Vice- President assisted in construction of the bailey bridge and inspected the site chosen to construct the new bridge.

During the visit, the Vice-President met with departmental officials and members of social organizations at the township general administration office.

At the meeting, Magway Region Minister for Security and Border Affairs Col Arnt Maung reported on warning the people to be on alert for a storm, rainfall in Pakokku District on 20 October, damages of six bridges including Shwechaung Bridge due to the rainfall of 4.76 inches, 59 death toll and 47 missing in the district, cattle, crops and buildings destroyed by the floods, relief and resettlement efforts for the flood victims and requirements for construction of a temporary bailey bridge.

Chief Minister for Magway Region U Phone Maw Shwe reported on sending relief aids to the floodhit areas which are not easily accessible.

In his speech, the Vice-President said that he and Union ministers arrived there to provide necessary assistance to flood victims in Pakokku District.

Although alarms on danger of floods that had never occurred in Pakokku District have been given to the local people, some property and lives were lost in floods due to the fact that the local people have lack of experiences and knowledge on preventive measures against dangers of floods.

In occurrence of floods, rough flash-flood destroyed a lot of property in a short time.

Rescue and relief works, resettlement and rehabilitation were carried out for the flood victims immediately.

Arrangements are being made to allot the land, three miles from the town, for those who lost their housings in the floods.

Wellwishers and people in addition to the Union government and Magway Region government donate rice, edible oil, personal goods and cash to the flood victims.

The administrative bodies are to supervise handing over of cash and kind to the local people as quickly as possible. In line with the fine tradition of the nation, the people donate cash and kind generously. It is sure that they will make more donations.

Only when the authorities concerned supervise handing over cash and kind to the people as soon as possible, will the wellwishers be keenly generous and put more reliance on the State.

He stressed the need to place emphasis on food and accommodation in rehabilitation for the victims and to provide necessary assistance for their livelihood.

He pointed out that the ministries concerned are to take effective and quick preventive measures against floods for next time if necessary. Today is the best time to perform good practices and educative works for natural disaster preventive measures and conservation of environmental conservation.

The Union government is to manage arrangements for regenerate betterment of education and health tasks and reoperate transport and vocational tasks as quickly as possible.

In conclusion, the Vice-President urged the departmental personnel to realize the Clean Government and Good Governance by effectively and promptly carrying out their tasks in the present time.

The Vice-President and party visited Thihoshin Buddha Image in Pakokku and offered meal, fruit, flower and water to the Buddha Image.

Vice-President Dr Sai Mauk Kham signed visitors’ book and donated cash to the Buddha Image.

The Vice-President arrived at briefing hall of Ayeyawady Bridge (Pakokku) Construction Project. Union Minister U Khin Maung Myint reported the Vice- President that the Special Project Group (3) of the Public Works of the Ministry of Construction is implementing the project; the Ministry of Construction is simultaneously implementing five Ayeyawady River-crossing bridges; Ayeyawady Bridge (Pakokku) is on India-Myanmar-Thai Tripartite Highway which will be implemented jointly by the three countries; the lower structure of the bridge have been completed cent per cent; installation of steel truss is being carried out; and 93 per cent of the construction of the entire bridge have been completed.

The Vice-President urged the construction staff to take pride of their work in implementation of necessary infrastructures for the State, to do their own bits in all honesty, and to exert efforts to keep pace with modern techniques.

The Vice-President viewed the construction of Ayeyawady Bridge (Pakokku) from view deck and Approach Bridge.

The Vice-President and party arrived at Pakokku University where Pro-Rector Dr U Cho explained the brief history of the university, number of students, subjects and organization setup of the university.

The Vice-President called for doing maintenance of the university buildings for endurance, filling the academic and administrative needs and conducting subject-wise researches.

The Vice-President and party viewed Yepya bridge, Ohndaw bridge, villages and crop plantations damaged by the flood from Helicopter on their return and arrived back here in the evening.