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Over K1 billion needed to repair Bago Region’s flood damaged infrastructure

Myitmakha News Agency

Bago, September 1 – a budget request of K1,167.42 million has been submitted to the central Department of Rural Development in Naypyidaw to finance repairs to 11 roads and 52 bridges which were destroyed throughout 19 townships of Bago Region during flooding which swept the region during July and August, inflicting damages worth K4227.33 million, the Bago Region of Department of Rural Development has informed Myitmakha News Agency.

The budget included K76.44 million for repairs to a combined length of 1.5 miles of damaged roads from within six townships, and K1090.98 million for the rebuilding of 52 bridges across 14 townships.

“We’ve made separate [budget] submissions for roads and bridges which were destroyed by this year’s flooding. The amount requested is greater than the cost of the original bridges as we’ve requested such bridges, that were built out of bamboo and steel by residents, be rebuilt with concrete. If damage is minor, repairs will be carried out with the maintenance fund. But if they are indeed major, the union budget will be used. For the time being, our department has erected temporary bridges in place of those destroyed to allow people to move around,” said Daw Su Su Hlaing, assistance director of the Department of Rural Development for Bago Region.

Of the roads and bridges that were destroyed by flooding, the majority of bridges, 29, were built by local residents, along with four roads. Others were built by various government department and administrative bodies, such as the Department of Rural Development themselves who built seven roads and four bridges, and the municipal body who constructed 13 bridges.

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