Ah Hta Ya village, with its unpaved roads and wooden houses with sloping roofs, lays just next to the Attran river that elegantly snakes through the landscape. Picturesque as this might seem, and despite the befits for agriculture and rearing livestock, the river’s proximity to village settlements can wreak havoc on the villagers during the monsoon season.
People in Daw Yi Htwe’s neighbourhood share similar stories of ordeals and how the disruption of the roads severed their only trade link with the market place, rendering them without a source of income.
The villagers soon devised their own coping mechanisms to deal with lost income and ways of repairing the damaged roads. With aid from the Government they then replanted their paddy fields and invested in vegetables.
The end of the monsoon season, however, led to another troublesome implication for the farmers – the new crops would all require water that was no longer available with the onset of the dry season.
UNDP stepped in at this stage, providing early recovery assistance for the most vulnerable of those affected by the floods to complement the government’s efforts. This work has been linked to UNDP’s ongoing project supporting the Department of Disaster Management on building capacities for resilient recovery.