The Coordination Meeting on the Recovery of the flood-affected states and regions was held on 24 August, Monday in Nay Pyi Taw. President U Thein Sein (left) states that though the emergency needs of the affected population are being met, these are temporary solutions. Recovery and rehabilitation needs must be considered.
The President also highlighted the importance of rebuilding of destroyed houses and providing food rations for flood survivors. He also highlighted the importance of protecting the elderly, children, people with disabilities, pregnant women and other vulnerable people.
For successful recovery interventions, obtaining accurate data on damage and loss is vital. Another crucial factor for success is the collaboration between state/regional governments with the relevant Union Ministries. The last factor that is stressed is the need to mitigate the effects of the disaster on the economy and social services in order to create job opportunities and increase household incomes.
The President conducted field surveys in order to serve to the needs of affected people. Vice President U Nyan Tun presented a detailed recovery framework and plan and has stressed the importance of disaster preparedness in light of potential late monsoon floods and the approaching El Nino event.
The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) has forecast that the late monsoon period will begin on 1 September and last until early-to-mid October. Long range forecasts indicate the potential for 4 low pressure areas to form over the Bay of Bengal, 2 of which may intensify into depressions.