Planning, field visits keys to flood relief operations: President U Thein Sein

People wade through flood water on their way to highland in Kalay.
People wade through flood water on their way to highland in Kalay.

President U Thein Sein urged ministries to make all-out efforts during flood relief operations Thursday, stressing the importance of proper planning and field visits to inundated areas.
The president made the comment during a speech at the National Natural Disaster Prevention Central Committee held at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw.
In his speech, the president said some areas of the country were inundated while farmland, roads, railroads, bridges and houses were destroyed due to continuous rains since 16 July.
Although it is impossible to prevent natural disasters, their impact can be reduced by providing accurate weather reports, the president said.
After the president’s speech, Chairman of the Central Committee Vice President U Nyan Tun explained the objectives of the central committee.
Later, members of the committee, ministers, deputies and officials reported to the president on measures being taken to provide assistance to flood victims and rehabilitation efforts.
Earlier in the morning, President U Thein Sein received France’s Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Thierry Mathou, who is leaving the country on expiry of his tour of duty, at the Presidential Palace.
They discussed promotion of bilateral relations, cooperation in the financial sector of Myanmar, investment in electricity and energy sectors and the success of the peace process.

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