President visits flood hit areas in Magway Region

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President U Htin Kyaw went on an inspection tour of flood-avaged areas in the Magway Region to ensure relief was provided to victims yesterday.


Magway Region Chief Minister Dr Aung Moe Nyo briefed the president on ongoing rescue and relief operations, the impact of the disaster on irrigation facilities and recovery plans.


The president called for systematic supervision through sympathy and cooperation in relief work, urging officials at all levels to make sure that aid and assistance distributed by different agencies and organizations reached the victims.


The president flew in military helicopter to Minbu, where he paid homage and gave relief to the members of the Sangha led by Presiding Sayadaw Bhaddanta Sasanadhaja at the Hmankin monastery.

He spoke words of encouragement to the flood victims who were forced to take temporary shelter at the monastery.


President U Htin Kyaw also visited the Phayagyi monastery in Pwintphyu township, where he paid homage to the members of the Sangha led by Presiding Sayadaw Bhaddanta Nandaka and donated offertories to the monks.


The president then proceeded to Pakokku to similarly pay homage and donate offertories to the monks led by Presiding Sayadaw Bhaddanta Candobhasa of the Shwetheindaw Dhamma Centre.


The president gave relief and provided aid to flood victims at all three places he visited.


In his meetings with the flood victims, the president expressed his delight at seeing the government, the army, the police force, local residents and civil society standing united with the victims in difficult times. He pledged to continue the government’s assistance to the plight of the victims.


Incessant rain has been battering the Magway Region for two months, prompting authorities to evacuate over 30,000 households from 360 villages in 15 townships to monasteries and schools in safe villages. The government and well-wishers have distributed sustenance, including rice, oil, salt, canned fish, beans and pulses, dried noodles, bottled water and cash and kind worth K2.2 billion (US$185,500).