Amyotha Hluttaw urges drought and flood analyses
THE Upper House has asked the Union government to establish a systematic, nationwide review of floods and droughts annually in order to compile effective measures to prevent damage.
“A sluice gate that was built in Kawhmu township saved Kawhmu from severe flooding, but then flooding was made worse in Kungyangon township because of the overflow,” MP U Kyaw Htwe (NLD; Yangon 8) told The Myanmar Times yesterday. “And now less water reaches Dala township because of the Kawhmu sluice gate. Each region must calculate how a project will benefit and hurt other towns by building an implementation plan.”
He hopes to implement a system for reviewing projects and how they might impact drought and flood areas so that the right rivers and creeks can be dug to benefit the public.
Floods occur annually and people lose their homes and livelihood, he said, adding that during droughts there is a shortage of drinking water in some areas.
“The public is suffering every year,” he said. “They need long-term support with the help of experts, who can observe why droughts and floods occur annually.”
There are standards for treating river floods or sea floods but those standards differ in each area, he said.
Floods currently occurring in upper Myanmar will reach Bago Region, he said. The government needs to add a sluice gate in the Ayeyarwady delta area, he said, to keep the sea’s saltwater from flowing into the delta’s freshwater.
Currently, governments take emergency preventative measures in flood or drought-plagued areas, he said, but those little projects have big costs when calculated for the long term.
Smart projects will also benefit animals, rivers, transportation, agriculture and conservation, he said.
MP U Soe Moe (NLD; Ayeyarwady 1) agreed with the statement. Representatives agreed to debate the proposal at a future meeting.
– Translation by Khant Lin Oo