CBM responds to Myanmar earthquake

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CBM, with local partner The Leprosy Mission International (TLMI), are aiming to assist more than 2000 people affected by the 6.8 magnitude earthquake which hit Myanmar on 24 March 2011.

The earthquake damage

On 24 March 2011 a devastating 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit north eastern Myanmar. It struck in Tachilek county, Shan province, near Myanmar's borders with China, Thailand and Loas.

The earthquake impacted a wide region of the county because of its shallow depth - 10 kms - destroying hundreds of homes, monasteries and government buildings and causing significant damage to hospitals, bridges, roads, and to the water delivery system throughout the region. Support provided by CBM and local partner TLMI ©CBM A typical food package for temporary emergency reliefCBM, along with our local partner The Leprosy Mission International (TLMI), are aiming to assist more than 2000 people living in 20 villages affected by the earthquake, by providing food packages, water purifiers, shelter and sanitation, medical care, rice mills and livelihood infrastructure.

We also plan to help form village relief committees that will organise and conduct Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) training. This training will help local residents identify, assess and reduce the risks of potential disasters which commonly affect the region. DRR activities can reduce the likelihood of a disaster occurring (for example, through flood protection mechanisms, livelihood diversification, safe building practices), or strengthen a community's ability to respond and cope with a disaster (disaster preparedness activities, like cyclone shelters or evacuation routes).

CBM in Myanmar

CBM has been working in Myanmar for more than 30 years and many of our programmes assist people living with a disability, their families and their communities.

Your gift to CBM will enable us to provide much needed relief and rehabilitation in Myanmar or the surrounding region.