Plan International responds to Myanmar floods

Plan International is responding to the devastating Myanmar floods currently impacting thousands of children and their families. Of serious concern is the water contamination in some areas.

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Plan International has found that 100 per cent of drinking water ponds in some flood-hit areas of Myanmar have been contaminated, leaving vulnerable communities heavily reliant on humanitarian organisations to supply them with clean drinking water and filtration systems.

Our emergency response teams have assessed water in areas such as Minbya Township in Rakhine state, where it has started providing clean drinking water, hygiene kits, aqua tabs and tarpaulins to almost 17,500 people in Minbya Township.

Lifesaving supplies reaching the most affected

Lifesaving supplies are currently being delivered to some of the hardest hit communities in Rakhine State after heavy monsoon rains and Cyclone Kormen caused large-scale flooding in Myanmar. Plan International is coordinating the distribution of hygiene kits and aqua tabs that will help to prevent the spread of diseases in 22 villages.

However, major needs remain in communities that have been left isolated by floodwaters.

“Water and sanitation, child protection, food distribution and education are our immediate priorities. Children are highly vulnerable after a natural disaster, and we are working closely with other international organisations to ensure aid is getting out,” says Max Balding, Emergency Response Manager for Plan International Myanmar.

“Over the coming days we plan to deploy additional staff to flood-affected areas as part of Plan International’s long-term commitment to helping communities in Rakhine recover from these devastating floods,” says Baldwin.

“We need to ensure that children feel safe and protected in times of crisis. We are focused on providing not just emergency supplies but investing in these communities to ensure they recovery as quickly as possible,” Baldwin adds.

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