Mon State Gov’t Seeks Fund for Flood Resettlement Program

By NETWORK MEDIA GROUP (NMG)
Thursday, August 29, 2019

The Mon State government says that it needs funds to establish a resettlement program for flood victims and other disaster-affected people.

Recent flooding, landslides and strong winds have devastated a wide area of Mon State, resulting in huge losses of property. According to the state’s government, repairing the damage and minimizing the impact of future disasters will require a major investment of resources.

“If a house worth 10 million kyat [US$6,500] is damaged and we want to ensure that the new one can withstand future disasters, we must be prepared to spend 15 or 20 million kyat. That’s why we need so much money for our resettlement program,” Mon State government office director Myint Than Win told NMG.

According to Myint Than Win, the sheer size of the program makes it impossible to predict exactly how much it will cost.

The state government estimates that the recent disasters caused more than 13 billion kyat ($8.5 million) in damage.

Officials of the disaster management office said that as of Wednesday, they had received 1.5 billion kyat in donations from various donors.

“We still need funding for our resettlement program. We are trying to work together with parliamentarians, respective authorities, ordinary people, NGOs, INGOs and donors,” Soe Myint, the director of Mon State’s General Administration Department, told NMG.

The state government is currently working on both short- and long-term resettlement plans. Currently, its focus is on short-term projects, such as clearing away mud, reopening schools, and providing learning materials to students.

The government said it would need more time to tackle long-term projects, but would do its best for those affected by disasters.

Hundreds of thousands of people were affected by flooding in the state’s Kyeikhto, Thahton, Beelin, Poung, Ye, Thanphyuzayap, Mudon, Chaung Sone and Kyaikmayaw townships. Nearly 3,000 people had to be evacuated during flooding in the first week of August.

Nearly 300 schools in Ye and Kyaikmayaw townships were closed for over three weeks because of flooding.