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Flood relief kits delivered to Myanmar

Plan's relief kits assist those affected by flooding
Plan's relief kits assist those affected by flooding
September 19, 2012

Plan is distributing relief kits to 3,375 people in 4 flood-affected villages in Myanmar.

Monsoon flooding in August affected 70,000 people along the Ayeyarwady Delta, forcing 467 schools to close.

An assessment conducted by Plan and local partner Swanyee Development Foundation identified a need for non-food items among families who had been unable to evacuate from the villages of Pauk Ngu, Doe Tan, Tet Seik, and Laye Kwellaher.

Essential items

Plan’s relief kits comprise of hygiene items, mosquito nets, blankets, and clothes for children. Although the flood water has now receded in affected areas, muddy conditions are slowing down all community activities and access remains difficult as villages can only be reached by river.

Relief kits reached Kyaung Gone Township on September 13th and were distributed to 110 households on the first day.

“Although all communities received food rations following the initial floods, a large number of people who were unable to leave their homes lost basic belongings,” said John McDonough, Plan’s country director in Myanmar.

“Our partnership with Swanyee Development Foundation has successfully allowed us to target those families and ensure that the specific needs of children are considered too.”

Access still difficult

Kyaw Myo Min, Plan’s disaster risk reduction manager in Myanmar, was part of the team that delivered the relief kits.

“Access is still difficult along the river banks, but we have received great support from the community to make sure we can get the items to the distribution point on schedule,” he said.

This is Plan’s first emergency response since it signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Social Welfare in July.

Plan is currently implementing a disaster risk reduction project as a member of the European Commission’s disaster preparedness consortium in Pyapon and Pathein Townships in the Ayeyarwady Delta.

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