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Assisting flood affected Myanmar

Heavy rains in Myanmar have killed at least 88 people and affected more than 330,000. Food supplies have already been distributed to 25,000 people affected by the floods by Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) partner Paung Ku but the monsoon rains are threatening lives and livelihoods.

The floods, said to be the worst in decades, are still expected to last for days or weeks. The government of Myanmar has declared state of emergency in several regions and has appealed for international aid. Reports from NPA in Myanmar state that thousands of acres of farm land and homes are affected. 1400 schools are closed in the flood affected areas.

In Magway and Sagaing regions it was reported that people are in serious danger as dams are threatening to collapse due to large inflow of water.

Need for medicines

NPA’s partner Paung Ku supports civil society organisations in every state and region in Myanmar. It is a local organisation which is able to mobilise a network of local small groups and organisations for humanitarian responses as well as for the democratisation of Myanmar. They are now working around the clock to coordinate relief initiatives and evaluate the reponse. The network has already reached flood-struck people with much needed food supplies.

“On Monday this week organisations in Kalay Town managed to deliver 300 bags of rice and other supplies across Tyi Stream for about 25,000 beneficiaries,” said NPA’s representative in Myanmar, Roisin Devale.

She added that in another region partners have reported of diarrhoea and have sent five health assistants with medicines to the area.

“But more medical care is needed. About 7000 cows have been starving for two to three days and they would die if they don't get any food for about one week. Farmers relied on cows for agriculture in Magway region and the recovery process will not be possible without the cows,” she said.

Focus on remote areas

Paung Ku’s priority in the coming days will be coordinating and sharing information and distributing food and non-food items.

Individual donors and private companies are donating money, food and other non-food items to camps and rescue areas. But the access to remote villages is still limited and many of the villages cannot access the needed aid, including food, drinking water and medical care. Paung Ku and partners will coordinate to make sure that those remote areas have access to aid and evacuation if needed.

Staff donations to buy period kits

Food and Non-food-items distribution will be done based on the need of the local community and coordinating with other international organisations to avoid overlaps.

Currently individual donors and organisations are focusing on food and clothing with only a limited supply of women wares and menstruation kits. Paung Ku has requested about 30,000 dignity kits from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). At the moment personal donations from Paung Ku staff's is being used to buy menstruation kits and women wares.

 

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05.08.2015 | Tine Solberg Johansen
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