Vice President pledges to assist in rehabilitation of flood victims in Ayeyawady Region

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Nay Pyi Taw, August 13

Vice President U Henry Van Thio pledged to assist in the rehabilitation of flood-affected people in the Ayeyawady Region and stressed the need to step up preparedness to fight such disasters in future.

At a meeting with flood-affected people sheltering at a monastery in Nyaungdon the vice president called on locals to cooperate with the government in disaster preparedness matters as the country is experiencing flooding nearly every year.

During his tour of Ayeyawady Region, Vice President U Hnery Van Thio visited flood-affected people sheltering at temporary relief camps in Ngathaingchaung, Laymyatnar, Hinthada, Zalun, Danubyu and Nyaungdon and presented aid to them.

The vice president also inspected dams and dykes. The flooding hit nineteen townships in the region, displacing more than 120,000 residents.

Local authorities have established more than 680 shelters for the peoples in the areas affected by flooding.

The flooding has reportedly submerged more than 202,000 acres of farmland with paddy plants, according to the General Administration Department of Ayeyawady Region.

The flooding has also forced schools to shut their doors in the region.

Meawhile, three rivers which are currently exceeding their flooding danger level are expected to fall back to safer levels over the next two days, according the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology Department.