Vice President U Henry Van Thio visited flood-hit areas in Mon State yesterday to lend encouragement to rescue teams and provide aid to flood victims in Mawlamyine and Ye townships.
The Vice President visited the flood victims at the 500-beded People’s Hospital in Mawlamyine, Mon State, yesterday morning during in his inspection tour to the natural disaster affected areas in Mon State.
U Henry Van Thio, in his capacity as the Chairman of Natural Disaster Management Committee, comforted the patients, including monks, who were taken to the hospital after they were injured by landslides in Thalphyugone village in Paung Township.
The Vice President, together with Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye, Chief Minister for Mon State Dr Aye Zan, Commander of Southeast Command Major General Myo Moe Aung, Vice Ministers Major General Myint Nwe, U Tin Myint, U Hla Kyaw, U Soe Aung and department officials, inspected the damage of road sessions due to heavy rains between Mile Post 45/46 and Mile Post 85 on Mawlamyine, Thanbyuzayat-Ye Highway.
The Vice President and party also presented cash awards to the Tatmadaw personel of local command and the staff of Mon State’s Road Transport Administration Department before they met with the local people who are taking shelter in Ye Township Sports Stadium.
The Vice President comforted the flood victims, saying that natural disasters take place not only in Myanmar but also in the world; however, the government is providing timely assistance whenever it happened.
He also pledged the government will provide the boats for rescue works and healthcare services in Ye Township. He distributed rice to the flood victims and advised the people to take care of their health while they are residing at the shelter.
The Vice President and party then proceeded to the temporary shelters for the flood victims at the Anandajinata Palin Hnasu Pagoda compound in Ye Township to comfort them and present aid cash.
U Henry Van Thio and the senior government officials also visited the rescue camps in the compound of Mandalay Mahasi Meditation Center in the township and provided the flood victims with rice, dried noodle, canned fish for one-week consumption before they inspected the inundated residential areas along Ye river.
They also donated cash and offertories to Bhandata Thondara, the leading monk of Mandalay Mahasi Meditation Center.
The Vice President and party then proceeded to the temporary shelters in Kyaikthiwun Monastery of Ye Township, comforted the victims, and gave cash aid, dried noodles and canned fish.
At the General Administration Department office in the Yay Township, the Vice President presented cash assistance for police members who provided help in the disaster-hit areas of Mon State through Deputy Chief of Myanmar Police Force Police Maj-Gen Myo Swe Win.
Heavy rains at night on 10 August triggered a sudden rise in the water levels of a river in Ye Township, Mon State, inundating homes in the town and villages. Four temporary relief camps were opened in Ye and the other four in villages totaling eight. The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement provided rice and other rations per person, the State 50 bags of rice, the Natural Disaster Funds 100 bags of rice.
In the evening, the Vice President met with the emergency session of Mon State natural disaster management team held at the Mon State Government Office in Mawlamyine.
In his speech, the Vice President urged the natural disaster management committees to practically implement their action plans, to take strong preparatory measures as not only Myanmar but also the whole world is facing the adverse effects of climate change, and to promote public involvement by disseminating public awareness of the mitigation of loss through the coordinated disaster training, and promised necessary gear, machinery and vehicles for search, rescue and aid programs. Preparatory measures must be taken to carry out rehabilitation works with might and main once the flood waters recede, he said, adding that rice seeds need to be stored in advance for replanting crops in fields, as part of rehabilitation efforts for farmers, and repair of communication networks and transport links needs to be undertaken as soon as possible.
Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye, Chief Minister of Mon State Dr Aye Zan, deputy ministers and officials reported on progress of work. The Vice President looked into the requirements. — MNA
(Translated by Tin Maung Than)