The Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine is preparing to provide temporary shelters to refugees before construction of houses for them are ready for accommodation.
The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement bought more than 1,050 tents manufactured in Belgium, with each tent costing more than Ks900,000. One tent can accommodate up to 10 people.
The ministry used money from a loan from the World Bank to buy the tents.
Dr. Win Myat Aye, the Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement who is also vice-chairman of the UEHRD, inspected the tents stored at the Yangon Region Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Office yesterday. The ministry will send the tents to conflict areas in Rakhine State. The houses for refugees are under construction under the Cash for Work programme.
Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye held talks separately with the US Ambassador to Myanmar Mr. Scot Marciel and Mr. Knut Ostby, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Myanmar at his ministry in Nay Pyi Taw Friday on the repatriation issue in Rakhine State.—Myanmar News Agency
Source : GNLM ( Global New Light of Myanmar )