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ADB To Help Myanmar Cities Improve Sanitation, Water Access, 03 March 2014


MANILA: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Monday Myanmar will receive US$4 million grant to improve sanitation and water access in two of its most populated cities.


The Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction administered by the Manila-based lender will provide the fund, Xinhua news agency reported.


It will be used to build 2,000 sanitary latrines, construct 17 kilometres of drains linked to city networks and build four community waste systems in four townships in Yangon and Mandalay by 2018.


"Living conditions in these communities are dismal, leaving residents vulnerable to flooding and chronic health issues which is hindering their ability to seize economic opportunities," said Linda Adams, social development specialist in ADB's Southeast Asia department.


A significant portion of Myanmar's urban population live in resettlement areas created in the late 1980s and early 1990s with only basic services.


"Rapid urban migration has placed a heavy burden on these communities," the ADB said.