According to the figures released by Social Affairs Office of the Sagaing Region government, gusts of winds that started in the evening of April 18 destroyed over 400 houses in the region.
Villages in Salingyi Township in Yinmarbin District, Ayadaw Township in Monywa District, Wetlet Town in Shwebo Districe were reportedly affected by the strong winds and many houses, religious buildings, village dispensaries and electricity poles were damaged and trees were uprooted.
Sagaing Region, Social Welfare Department, Director Sis William Frank told Mizzima: “We found 217 houses in Salingyi Township, 200 houses in Ayadaw, 68 houses in Wetlet and four houses in Monywa totaling over 400 houses were damaged by the gusts of wind. We are now visiting these villages and we are distributing relief materials to them. Now we are in Salingyi and we will visit Ayadaw tomorrow.”
Sagaing Region Fire Department Director Min San Aye told Mizzima: “As soon as we received the news of this natural disaster, our firefighters immediately started search and rescue work in these villages. I myself visited these villages this morning for coordination and cooperation in disaster management work.”
The strong winds saw trees uprooted that blocked roads, and damaged houses. Firefighters, military personnel and local CSOs reportedly and jointly worked on relief efforts.