Red Cross responds to Myanmar flood emergency

from Australian Red Cross
Published on 04 Aug 2015 View Original

Myanmar Red Cross volunteers are supporting evacuations and distributing relief supplies in four regions inundated by heavy flooding.

Flash floods across Myanmar have claimed 27 lives and affected more than 89,000 people, according to reports from Myanmar Red Cross.

The floods are the result of heavy seasonal rains and the aftermath of Cyclone Komen, which sat off the coast of Western Myanmar for several days before making landfall in Bangladesh.

While water levels are slowly going down and people are returning to their homes, an estimated 400,000 acres of farmland was inundated and around 30,000 acres destroyed. The Myanmar Government has named Chin State, Sagaing Region, Magway Region and Rakhine State as natural disaster zones.

Myanmar Red Cross has branches and trained volunteers in all affected areas. They were the first to respond when the floods began in late July. Since then, they have been distributing relief supplies and helping families evacuate to higher and safer ground.

Red Cross is now assisting thousands of people sheltering in temporary sites. Volunteers are distributing blankets and clothes, as well as clean drinking water and hygiene kits to prevent disease. They are also running a tracing service for people who have lost contact with family members in the floods, and have registered over 1,000 people as 'safe and well'.

In Rakhine State, where both health services and water supplies have been damaged, Red Cross will also support mobile health clinics and the provision of safe water.