CARE distributes family and shelter kits in Myanmar

from CARE
Published on 15 Nov 2012 View Original

Thousands of people affected by Sunday’s earthquake in Myanmar are being provided with shelter and family kits as CARE International’s emergency response team begins a second distribution to those most in need.

More than 5,000 people have been affected by the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck central Myanmar on Sunday morning.

Brian Agland, CARE’s country director in Myanmar, said the earthquake severely affected Singu and Thabeikkyin townships in the Mandalay region and Shwe bo and Kyauk Myaung townships in Sagaing region.

‘More than 70 government buildings, 26 schools, 47 religious buildings and one bridge were badly damaged or destroyed as well as people’s homes across both states.

‘Temporary shelter, food and non-food items such as blankets, mosquito nets, cooking pots and hygiene kits are urgently needed.

‘CARE has already distributed family kits and shelter kits with tarpaulin and tools in Kyauk Myanung and Thabeikkyin and over the next three days, we will distribute hundreds more throughout Sagaing and Mandalay regions to people in desperate need of them,’ Mr Agland added.

CARE’s emergency response team is working closely with the relevant Myanmar government authorities and inter-agency teams to continue reviewing emergency needs.

Mr Agland said significant funds were needed to provide more survivors with shelter and food.

‘In an emergency such as this, $10 can provide plastic sheeting to give shelter to a family or $250 can provide an emergency response kit with a shovel, blanket, first aid kit, tarpaulin and other life-saving equipment.’

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