Tuesday, August 4, 2015

China offers army support for relief

By Wa Lone   |   Tuesday, 04 August 2015
A Chinese army representative has offered to bolster the Tatmadaw’s disaster assistance, Chinese ambassador to Myanmar Hong Liang said during a visit to heavily flooded Sagaing Region yesterday.
“The Chinese army has previously been involved in rescue operations in disasters in ASEAN countries,” he said.
“We will help supply materials to the Tatmadaw and will send soldiers to assist the rescue efforts if they are needed.”
Following a meeting with the Chinese ambassador in Kalay township, Sagaing Region Chief Minister U Thar Aye said he asked the Chinese government to provide temporary shelters and grains to replace the crops damaged in flooded areas. He would not clarify whether the Chinese army’s offer was accepted or not.
“We are still okay for the time being,” he said.
Flood victims in Kalay township yesterday said the disaster aid has so far been too limited.
“We get food everyday but it’s not enough for all of my family members,” said Daw Ma Ma Gyi, 72, a flood victim in the Mingalar Garden quarter of Kalay township, who was forced to leave her home for a makeshift shelter.
In Kalay, the water has risen to the roof of two-storey homes and submerged vast tracts of farmland. According to the Sagaing Region government, more than 10,000 people have sought shelter in Kalay town from outlying areas of the township.
The Chinese ambassador suggested that neighbouring countries should come together in responding to disasters like floods in Myanmar.
The Chinese ambassador plans to visit Sittwe today and provide donations to flood-affected families there.
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