The government is planning to build over 50 multipurpose shelters in Ayeyawady region in this year, said Director Myat Moe Thwin from Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.
“We have natural disaster fund to build the cyclone shelters. They will be used as cyclone shelters during disaster and used as schools and buildings for social occasions at other times,” she said.
The location of the shelters will be proportioned with the number of population. They will be different sizes and types depended on the population number, she said.
“The lower part of the shelter will be used for animals and upper part is for people. We stored food, drinking water, buoyant aids, water tanks, generators and fuel tanks at the shelters in line with international criteria,” she said.
According to assessment made in 2012, there are more than 3,000 cyclone shelters built by the government and other organizations in the region but they are not enough, she added.
The ministry is planning to build 57 multipurpose cyclone shelters in Ayeyawady region, 26 multipurpose cyclone shelters in Rakhine State, one multipurpose cyclone shelter in Chin and Shan states respectively in 2018 using K 15 billion from national disaster management fund.