Govt, civil so­ci­ety to col­lab­o­rate in pro­vid­ing flood aid

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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

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