The building of embankments along the banks of the Chindwin River in the villages of Kani Township, Yinmabin District, Sagaing Region, to prevent erosion started earlier this month, said a member of parliament.
Kani faces natural disasters, especially flooding, every year so the regional government has funded the construction of embankments along the riverbank.
"Embankments are urgently needed because homes collapse when the Chidwin swells, causing floods. Evacuations and emergency aid are needed. Upon completion of the project, the villages along the riverbank will be safe," said Tun Tun Win, MP for Kani Township constituency no.2.
The project was approved by the Sagaing regional parliament on March 30 and it must be finished this fiscal year.
Zaw Win Aung, chairman of Kin village administration department in the township, blamed human activity.
"Motorboats use the river recklessly when the water levels increase. Landslides occur daily because of the wash from the boats. Another problem is deforestation. Erosion happens as the river often floods," said Zaw Win Aung.
The project is expected to cost about Ks1.2 billion.