Published on Tuesday, 04 December 2012 17:43
Around 800 pottery workers remain unemployed after 40 kilns had been destroyed during the strong earthquake that hit Shwebo Township last month.
Glazed pottery was the main source of income of villagers from Nwe Nyein, Shwe Tike, and Shwe Khun, who are now facing difficulties finding livelihood.
It takes more than two months to rebuild a kiln. As there are only three workers who know how to build the kilns, it will take about six months to rebuild all the kilns that were destroyed in the earthquake, villagers said.
“This region is not suitable for farming and we have been in pottery for many generations. So I don’t know what to do without the kilns,” said a potter from Shwe Khun village.
After the earthquake hit the Shwebo Township, nongovernment organisations provided relief assistance for the victims while soldiers also assisted in clearing away the debris and repair pagodas, monasteries, and houses.
According to the press release from the President Office, 11 people were killed and 36 people were injured in the earthquake that hit central Myanmar on November 11.
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