57 more cyclone shelters under construction in Myanmar's southern region

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-01 10:26:41|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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YANGON, July 1 (Xinhua) -- A total of 57 more cyclone shelters are being built in Myanmar's Ayeyawaddy region in the event of natural disasters, the region's department of disaster management said on Monday.

The 57 cyclone shelters under construction cover those in 13 townships, hit by the deadly cyclone Nargis in 2008.

Floods are common in Ayeyawaddy region as the region with plenty of creeks and rivers gets a lot of rain every year.

Weather experts forecast a higher rainfall and flood this year compared with previous years.

Permission to stay in the shelters will depend on the intensity of the disaster, U Than Soe, the director of the regional department of disaster Management said.

He said that disaster management and rescue teams with rescue equipment are on stand-by for emergency response, calling for public collaboration to deal with the eventuality.

Educational seminars on natural disaster are also been conducted .

According to local administration, there are now 90 completed cyclone shelters. Normally, the schools cum shelters are used as classrooms.