Burma floods displace many thousands

By agency reporter
August 13, 2013

UK-based global development NGO Christian Aid has sent funds to provide assistance to communities affected by the heavy rain and severe flooding which has devastated south east Burma (Myanmar) since late July, leaving three dead and forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes.

Ramani Leathard, Christian Aid country manager for 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.

"In emergency situations, where the poorest are most affected, it is important to coordinate relief work as funds are limited. We will be assisting communities not reached by camp-based government assistance" she added.

A Christian Aid and ACT Alliance local partner will be providing affected communities with food, blankets, toothpaste, soap, towels, and mosquito nets.

The floodwater reached depths up to ten metres in some areas, destroying thousands of homes and ruining farmland, which will lead to food insecurity for next year.

Christian Aid says it continues to monitor the situation closely and will continue to work with these communities in their longer-term recovery.

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