Flooding in Myanmar
posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 08:07
The people of Myanmar have been hit by floods for the fifth time in two months. So local Mothers’ Union members are responding to the needs of those affected. “We don’t want to face this anymore. It’s the worst it’s ever been. It is a very desperate situation,” said Naw Lynn, Community Development Coordinator (CDC) for Hpa-an Diocese, one of the worst affected areas.
Members of the Mothers’ Union along with many younger people from the area are trying desperately to hand out food, water and bags of rice to those who are stranded and cannot leave their homes as well as those who have been flooded out. Those doing this vital work for the people of Myanmar can only travel around by boat as most of the roads are seriously flooded. It appears that boats are very expensive so one of the MU branches have managed to fashion a boat out of bamboo until another, more stable boat can be acquired, explained Naw Lynn.
Money is being raised from church collections in the diocese as they hope to carry on assisting the people even after the immediate relief effort, as they want to help as many people as possible repair and get back into their homes. Myanmar experienced their worst monsoon flooding in 2015 in which 330,000 lost their homes and livelihoods and around 100 people lost their lives as a result of the chaos caused by the disaster. Even so, it is reckoned that around 100,000 people have been forced out of the homes since July of this year owing to the most recent floods. Article dated 13th September 2018
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