Man­dalay in­creases spend­ing to counter river­bank ero­sion

The Myanmar Times - - News - Kyawkoko@mm­times.com KYAW KO KO

AF­TER the Aye­yarwady River spilled over its banks and in­un­dated the coun­try’s sec­ond-big­gest city ear­lier this year, re­gion au­thor­i­ties are get­ting to work to stave off a sim­i­lar fate next year.

More than K3.4 bil­lion will be spent in the 2016-17 fi­nan­cial year on pre­vent­ing river­bank ero­sion in Man­dalay Re­gion, ac­cord­ing to the re­gion’s Di­rec­torate of Wa­ter Re­sources and Im­prove­ment of River Sys­tems.

Ero­sion pre­ven­tion works, which are ex­pected to be com­plete by April 2017, will be car­ried out in six of the re­gion’s town­ships: My­ingyan, Taungtha, Sin­gaing, Ma­daya, Pathe­ingyi and Singu.

“We have to pri­ori­tise vil­lages which are ur­gently in need of pre­ven­ta­tive ac­tion against an­nual river­bank ero­sion. We are plan­ning to do anti-ero­sion works in 16 vil­lages in the six town­ships,” said U Toe Aung Lin, head of the Di­rec­torate of Wa­ter Re­sources and Im­prove­ment of River Sys­tems in Man­dalay.

Ini­tial prepa­ra­tions are ex­pected to be­gin in mid-Oc­to­ber, and will be fol­lowed by a call for ten­ders once plans have been fi­nalised, he added.

“Our de­part­ment will draw up de­signs for the re­pairs and then we will call for ten­ders for the project. Re­pair works are ex­pected to start at the end of De­cem­ber. All works are ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of April next year,” U Toe Aung Lin said.

Singu town­ship, which is sit­u­ated along­side the Aye­yarwady River, will re­ceive the bulk of the fund­ing, K1.8 bil­lion.

“In Man­dalay, river­bank ero­sion of­ten hap­pens in Singu and NyaungU town­ships. Vil­lages in these two town­ships are lo­cated on sand­banks so it is hard to do main­te­nance,” said U Toe Aung Lin.

Be­tween May and Au­gust this year, more than K76 mil­lion was spent on emer­gency pre­ven­tive mea­sures against river­bank ero­sion in 11 vil­lages in Man­dalay Re­gion. In Au­gust, the river breached dan­ger lev­els at Man­dalay wa­ter sta­tions, and burst its banks in his­toric Amara­pura town­ship, forc­ing more than 1200 house­holds to re­lo­cate to higher ground.

– Trans­la­tion by Zar Zar Soe

Photo: Phyo Wai Kyaw

Sand­bags were de­ployed through­out Man­dalay in Au­gust as the Aye­yarwady River burst its banks.

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