Myanmar Red Cross to assist disaster recovery in two regions


Families with disabled persons, elderly members and children under the age of five will be at the top of the agenda.

THE Myanmar Red Cross Society will implement a rehabilitation project for flood victims in Ayeyawady and Magway regions, according to its spokesperson.
Daw Aye Aye Than, operations manager for the project, said the organisation is now drawing up the details of the plan to assist families in four selected areas for recovery—Hinthada and Kyaunggon townships in Ayaeyawady Region and Pwintbyu and Sedoktara townships in Magway Region.
Using K1 billion (US$777,670) in contributions from local and overseas donors, rehabilitation efforts are expected to begin within the next two months, she added. “The estimated time frame may be six months,” she said. “Priority will be given to families with members with disabilities, elderly members and children under the age five,” said Daw Aye Aye Than. The MRCS humanitarian services will cover water and sanitation, healthcare, shelter and livelihood support.
Myanmar Red Cross volunteers will also provide services for restoring family links, disaster risk reduction and capacity-building activities in those areas.
According to Myanmar’s National Natural Disaster Management Committee, heavy rains caused floods across large parts of the country, displacing more than 1.6 million people. Nearly 40,000 houses were destroyed, and about 500,000 houses were damaged by the flooding. The Myanmar Red Cross Society was established in 1937 to give voluntary humanitarian services to people in need.

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