Union Minister for Border Affairs inspects rehabilitation, development undertakings in Rakhine State

June 05


Union Minister for Border Affairs Lt-Gen Tun Tun Naung accompanied by Union Ministers Dr Thet Thet Khine and U Aung Thaw, Rakhine State Chief Minister U Htein Lin, currently in Sittway to closely supervise the rehabilitation activities in the storm-hit Rakhine State attended a donation ceremony for the restoration of storm-affected areas at Rakhine State Government Office yesterday.


At the ceremony, Ngapali hoteliers from the Myanmar Hoteliers Association (Rakhine Zone) donated K40 million to Lt-Gen Tun Tun Naung who returned the certificate of honour.


At Yaychanpyin Port, Lt-Gen Tun Tun Naung inspected loading of 14 multi-purpose tractors sent by the Agricultural Mechanization Department of Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation for use in the Rakhine State Development Project onto Tatmadaw landing crafts leading to Rathedaung Township.


In the afternoon, Lt-Gen Tun Tun Naung accompanied by Union Ministers U Myo Thant and Dr Thet Thet Khine, and State Chief Minister U Htein Lin attended the rehabilitation coordination meeting held at the Rakhine State Government Office.


Officials and deputy ministers explained the progress of the rehabilitation process and future plans.


Union Ministers U Myo Thant and Dr Thet Thet Khine, and Rakhine State Chief Minister U Htein Lin discussed needs for cooperation in swift undertakings.


Lt-Gen Tun Tun Naung said that the food distributed to the public should be healthy and hygienic, minimizing loss and waste in load and unloading relief items.


In the evening, Lt-Gen Tun Tun Naung and party inspected progress in construction of the temporary bailey bridge on the road to Mansi village in Sittway Township.


The construction of the bridge was completed yesterday, and the people of five villages were able to return to normal traffic with better social economic conditions. Last night, artistes came to Sittway Beach to present entertainments to the storm-affected people in Rakhine State with music, and it is particularly crowded with local fans coming to relax on the beach.


After the Mocha storm, specialists and emergency medical teams were dispatched to provide health care to the people in Rakhine State.


From 16 May to 3 June, medical treatments were given to 10,610 out-patients and 20,209 in-patients and 51,337 patients in rural health centres and branches.


In turn, 3,985 times of water purification and 6,176 times of health awareness campaigns were staged respectively.


Special medical teams provided health care services to 191 people in Rathedaung, 394 in Kywite (Sittway) Village, 294 in Mingan (Sittway) ward, 59 in Thakepyin Village, 1,150 in Minbya Township, 961 in Kyauktaw Township, 275 in Ponnagyun Township, 371 in Pauktaw Township, 848 in Manaung Township, 190 in Buthidaung Township, and 533 in Maungtaw Township, totalling 5,265.


In Rakhine State, four salt prevention embankments named Chanpyintar (Maungtaw), Kalarpon island (MraukU), and Section 1 and 2 of Ngamanye island (Myebon) out of 32 embankments maintained by the Department of Irrigation and Water Utilization Management were damaged by Storm Mocha in Rakhine State. On 2 June, all the repairing works of embankments were fully completed. So, 17,706 acres of flood prevented areas can be successfully placed under monsoon paddy and other crops. — MNA/KZL