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POWERCHINA aids dam flooding in Myanmar

Updated: 2018-09-03

POWERCHINA aids dam flooding in Myanmar

POWERCHINA's rescue team [Photo/POWERCHINA]

The Power Construction Corporation of China (POWERCHINA) responded to a dam flooding accident in Myanmar on Aug 29 by immediately dispatching a team of experts to aid in relief efforts as well as donating money and materials.

As many as 85 villages in Myanmar were flooded after a dam failed, unleashing waters that forced more than 60,000 people from their homes.

The heavy weight of the floods also fractured part of a bridge on the Yangon-Mandalay highway linking Myanmar's two biggest cities, throwing the country's traffic system into disarray.

After the accident, POWERCHINA immediately sent five water conservancy experts to Myanmar who became the first foreign assistance team in the flood-hit area, aiding in disaster relief, investigation and dam restoration.

Experts from POWERCHINA have discussed dam restoration and conducted investigations and surveys with experts from Myanmar. POWERCHINA will offer Myanmar detailed suggestions on reconstruction. POWERCHINA's experts excluded the possibility of an earthquake causing the dam's collapse, suggesting that more attention should be paid to the foundation while reconstructing the dam and spillway.

In addition to technical support, POWERCHINA also donated $100,000 in relief funds and $25,000 worth of relief materials, including rice, oil, biscuits and mineral water.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation appreciated the support from POWERCHINA, which fully showcased the Chinese company's corporate social responsibility.

The state media outlets of China and Myanmar made follow-up reports on the relief and assistance operations.

The disaster is now under control and the Myanmar government is working on a reconstruction plan.

POWERCHINA has a close relationship with Myanmar ever since it entered the country's market in the 1990s. During the past three decades, POWERCHINA has funded and constructed a string of livelihood, electric power and infrastructure projects in Myanmar.

POWERCHINA aids dam flooding in Myanmar

POWERCHINA donates $100,000 to the disaster area. [Photo/POWERCHINA]