Myanmar: Emergency flood response launched
Action Against Hunger teams assist those affected by flooding in Myanmar
Aug 6 2015
Tropical cyclone Komen’s torrential rains have caused flooding and landslides in Myanmar.
According to recent statements by the authorities, more than 250,000 people are already affected by the floods, with the states of Kachin, Rakhine and Sagaing, in the west of the country, particularly affected.
The government has declared a state of emergency in several areas and has requested international assistance. The authorities have launched their contingency plan, with the international community, to meet needs created by the natural disaster. To support this, Action against Hunger has mobilised its relief resources.
Following assessments on 2 August in several affected areas, we are now distributing essential items. Action Against Hunger teams have handed out water purification tablets, hygiene kits, canvas and tarpaulins for shelter in the early days of the emergency, including in Buthidaung, Maungdaw in the state of Rakhine, Minbya, and Sittwe. We are doing this in cooperation with other humanitarian actors on the ground and the local authorities.
Ensuring people have safe access to clean water for common uses, such as showers and preparing meals, is a priority for Action Against Hunger. With land devastated, crops and the availability of basic foods could be heavily affected. Emergency action to ensure the affected have food security is also being deployed.
"When the floods were announced, we immediately activated our natural disaster emergency response plan,” said Vincent Taillandier, a director of operations at Action Against Hunger. More than 500 Action Against Hunger staff on the ground, equipped with emergency stock that is permanently available in the country, were immediately mobilized to take part in emergency operations. We expect to maintain this rapid response system throughout the rainy season, that is until October, because the monsoon is particularly strong in Southeast Asia this year.”
Although the country is regularly subject to natural hazards, the monsoon season is particularly violent this year. The floods and landslides are a result of strong winds and torrential rain. The power and devastation they cause can seriously damage the population’s way of life.
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