Govt, civil society to collaborate in providing flood aid
RELIEF workers from the government are teaming up with local civil society organisations to ensure the most effective spending of emergency funding. Nearly one-quarter of 1 million people are now receiving government assistance after being driven from their homes by flooding.
The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement will collaborate with civil society to avoid waste in allocating its natural disaster fund of nearly K17 billion (US$14.4 million), said Union Minister U Win Myat Aye following a meeting yesterday between the ministry and civil society groups in upper Myanmar.
“Our main concern is to provide food for families in the flooded areas. We are now providing rice, canned sardines and instant noodles for 230,000 flood victims, spending K60 to K70 million a day. The government has enough funding to continue to provide food until the people can return home.”
More than K2 billion of the fund, originally set at K20 billion, has already been spent on providing water to dry zones afflicted by the El Niño weather phenomenon.
‘The government has enough funding to continue to provide food until the people can return home.’
U Win Myat Aye
Social welfare minister