Myanmar flooding

Floods inundated Myanmar towns including Kalay, Sagaing Region, during the 2015 monsoon season

Situation report - Myanmar

Myanmar has experienced heavy monsoon rains over the past few weeks; additional heavy rains and strong winds occurred when Cyclone Komen made landfall in Bangladesh on July 30.  The effect of Cyclone Komen has resulted in wind damage, flooding, landslides and the damage or destruction of farmland across the country. More than 200,000 people have been affected. On July 31, the President issued a statement, declaring a state of emergency in Chin and Rakhine states, as well as the Sagaing and Magway regions.

PDA has learned that flooding has reached parts of Kalaymyo (also known as Kale) in the Northwest corner of Myanmar.  Kalaymyo is the city where the headquarters of the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar is located, as well as a small hospital and an orphanage that are outreach ministries of the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar.

According to a report from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), these are the worst floods seen in recent years and with continuous monsoon rains, the situation can worsen drastically. Many people require assistance with immediate needs including food, shelter, water and sanitation, as well as access to emergency healthcare. 

PDA response

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) will respond the flooding in Myanmar with our ecumenical partners and as a member of ACT Alliance and Church World Service. ACT Forum Members are operational in the affected areas and are currently undertaking needs assessments. However, the country's infrastructure is weak and accessing all of the affected communities will be difficult. Planned assistance will include shelter, food, potable water, non-food items, livelihoods, and training for disaster risk and reduction.

In cooperation with Presbyterian World Mission, we are also reaching out to mission co-workers in the area to determine how Presbyterians in Myanmar can participate in the response.

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