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Myanmar floods leave thousands homeless

12 August 2013

Three people have died and tens of thousands have been forced to flee their homes following heavy rains and severe flooding in south east Myanmar since late July.

A house in a flooded village

The floodwater reached up to ten metres in some areas, destroying thousands of homes and ruining farmland - ultimately affecting next year’s harvest.

Ramani Leathard, Christian Aid Country Manager of Myanmar, said '23,500 people have been evacuated and are sheltering in one of the 80 relief camps or staying with relatives in nearby villages.

'However, for those in more remote areas and where local roads have been destroyed by landslides, access to camps is impossible. We will be assisting communities not reached by camp-based government assistance,' she added.

Our response

A Christian Aid and ACT Alliance local partner is responding in the state of Karen, assessing the need, and planning to reach over 7,000 people with food relief, blankets, toothpaste, soap, towels and mosquito nets.

Christian Aid has released emergency funds to support the response of our partner and is monitoring the situation closely. We will continue to work with these communities in their longer-term recovery.

Please donate to our disasters and emergencies fund to assist people in desperate need.

 

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