NAY PYI TAW, MYANMAR – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $10 million grant from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction to rebuild cyclone-damaged community infrastructure and restore livelihoods in villages in Chin state—the poorest and most remote part of Myanmar.
The project will upgrade rural roads in seven target townships in the north of Chin State, using a “build-back-better” approach to withstand future disasters and cope with climate change. Power systems will be repaired in 25 villages, water supply infrastructure upgraded in 44 villages, and inundated farmland reclaimed. The capacity building component of the project will focus on upgrading disaster risk management systems at the district, township and village levels, and help state and local government officials, civil society organizations and communities to identify risks and prioritize risk reduction measures.
“The devastating floods and landslides in June and July 2015 left a trail of destruction across Chin state where many communities remain isolated because of widespread road damage and long-term power and water supply interruptions,” said Winfried Wicklein, director of ADB’s country office in Myanmar. “This Japan-supported assistance will work with affected communities to restore damaged assets crucial to their livelihoods, as well as strengthen their disaster resilience for the future.”
Local labor will be used, where feasible, to carry out the repair and restoration work, boosting local incomes and providing a cash infusion to participating villages. The project design reflects lessons learned from recent disasters in Myanmar and other countries in the region; it is deliberately simple and flexible to better respond to on-the-ground needs and to ensure greater efficiency in management, procurement and implementation. The project will run for about 3 years, with an estimated completion date of April 2019.
More than 130 people died and around 1.6 million were displaced from their homes as a result of the floods and landslides triggered by Cyclone Komen in June and July 2015, causing estimated damage and losses of around $1.5 billion.
ADB is working closely with the Government of Myanmar and other development partners to help the country recover from the disaster. As well as the current project, ADB will support upgrading of flood affected bridges in affected states and regions, while a flood risk management and disaster risk reduction project will help strengthen institutions and develop policies to allow the national government to address disaster risks more effectively.
ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, ADB in December 2016 will mark 50 years of development partnership in the region. It is owned by 67 members—48 from the region. In 2015, ADB assistance totaled $27.2 billion, including cofinancing of $10.7 billion.