Amyotha Hlut­taw urges drought and flood analy­ses

The Myanmar Times - - News - SWAN YE HTUT swanye­htut@mm­

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

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