State Counsellor visits flood-stricken areas in Kayin, Mon states

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visited flood relief centres in Hpa-an in Kayin State yesterday, giving words of encouragement, food supplies, aid, and monetary support to the people there.

The State Counsellor left from Nay Pyi Taw International Airport in the morning by Myanmar National Airlines flight to Mawlamyine in Mon State. Accompanying the State Counsellor were Union Ministers Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, Lt-Gen Ye Aung and Dr. Myint Htwe, Deputy Ministers U Min Thu and U Kyaw Lin, and other officials.

The State Counsellor and her entourage were welcomed at the airport by Mon State Chief Minister Dr. Aye Zan, Kayin State Chief Minister Daw Nan Khin Htwe Myint and other officials.

The State Counsellor and her entourage then departed for Hpa-an in Kayin State by car together with the Kayin State Chief Minister. Upon arrival in Hpa-an, the State Counsellor visited Shweyinmyaw Pagoda, where a temporary flood relief centre has been opened. The State Counsellor made offerings to the images of the Buddha in the altar room and entrusted donations to the pagoda board of trustees.

The State Counsellor then met with local residents at the pagoda’s temporary shelter, greeted them cordially and gave words of encouragement and provided rice, cooking oil, medical supplies, food supplies, clothing, and financial aid.

Next, the State Counsellor viewed the rising water levels in Thanlwin River from the pagoda’s raised platform.

The State Counsellor visited Moekai Monastic School Sayadaw Badanda Tayzeinda, member of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee, to pay respect and offer items of donation.

Next, the State Counsellor and entourage visited local residents at the cyclone shelter in Ward 3, Hpa-an. They discussed the local residents’ occupations and professions, adherence to the law, working within the legal framework, and the necessity of everyone’s cooperation in rule of law. They then transferred food supplies, aid and financial support for the people to relevant authorities.

Likewise, they also visited the temporary flood relief centre opened at the state indoor stadium and asked the people about their livelihoods, health conditions and support being given, followed by a distribution of rice, cooking oil, medical supplies, food supplies, clothing and financial aid.

The State Counsellor later held a meeting with the Kayin State Chief Minister and her state cabinet at the meeting hall of the Kayin State government building. The State Counsellor said the changes in the weather are causing floods, an occurrence that was uncommon in the past. The State Counsellor said these changes that have not been seen before will soon become the norm, and it will require the cooperation of the Union and states and regions to uncover the reasons behind these floods. If the causes are due to dwindling rivers, then river expansion projects to widen the channels must be carried out. Immediate repairs must also be made to damaged bridges for the people’s transportation. The State Counsellor said after talking with people seeking shelter in flood relief centres, it was found there were possibilities for giving talks on health education and nutrition, giving training classes for vocational skills, and setting rules to prevent flooding, drain blockages, and careless littering.
The State Counsellor instructed the Kayin State government to cooperate with the Union Government to convert Kayin State’s natural advantages to attract business opportunities, promote the establishment of basic industries producing agricultural porduce, and constructing buildings to house vocational training classes.

The State Counsellor and entourage then left Hpa-an and returned to Mawlamyine Airport.

In the airport’s lobby, the State Counsellor provided financial support of Ks100 million from the National Disaster Management Committee’s funds to Mon State Chief Minister Dr. Aye Zan for Mon State’s Disaster Management Committee.
The State Counsellor departed from Mawlamyine by Myanmar National Airlines flight and arrived in Nay Pyi Taw in the evening.

Union Ministers Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe and Lt-Gen Ye Aung, who accompanied the State Counsellor, also visited temporary flood relief centres in Basic Education High Schools 1 and 3 in Hpa-an and gave words of encouragement to the people there and provided humanitarian aid.

There are currently eleven flood relief centres opened in Hpa-an, providing shelter to 6,160 people from 1,182 households. The Kayin State Government has provided each centre with Ks2 million, ten bags of rice, and ten bottles of cooking oil each containing ten viss (36 lbs). The state government is providing lunch and dinner to flood-stricken local residents and the State Disaster Management Committee has received Ks100 million from the National Disaster Management Committee’s fund.

The Ministry of Border Affairs has also provided flood relief centres in Hpa-an with 250 dozen exercise books and over Ks25.4 million for people seeking shelter in rescue centres.