Myanmar will receive an assistance package worth 4 million USD to improve sanitation and water access in two of its most populated cities, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The grant, which will come from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, will be used to build 2,000 sanitary latrines, 17 km of drains 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, in the ABB’s statement issued on March 3.

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

Rapid urban migration and the opening of the economy have placed a heavy burden on these communities, according to the ADB.-VNA