Nearly all villages in Mon State have been facing the shortage of water since the end of the Thingyan Festival, according to the locals.

‘‘Most of the villages in Mawlamyine, Mudon, Thanbyuzayat, Kyaikmaraw, Chaungzon, Paung, Thaton, Bilin and Kyaikto townships are facing the shortfall in water,” said locals.

Ma Myint Wei from Yaung Daung Village in Mudon Township, said: “We used water from the well. However, we have to buy water as the well has dried up. In previous year, we could use water from the well adequately. No one donates water here.

We have to buy water by ourselves.” The Mawlamyine Township Development Committee said that the wards in the downtown areas have been facing the shortage of drinking water. Residents of Mawlamyine Township are mainly depending on the water from Kinmonchon and Shwenattaung dams.

U Myint Thein, executive officer of the Mawlamyine Township Development Committee, said: “Around 10 wards which are being supplied with water from Kinmonchon and Shwenattaung dams are facing the problems to get clean water.

The dam has become dried up due to the high temperature.” “At this time, the committee is
supplying water to the urban areas with six water trucks as from 20 April,” he said.