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.
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 Baldwin, 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.
Power is out, and schools are closed
In Rakhine State power remains out and schools are closed. Families have started returning to their homes and assessing the damage the flood has caused. Agriculture is the primary source of income and farmers have begun drying out rice in the hope that some of their crop can be salvaged.
Approximately 4,751 houses, 37 schools, 31 bridges have been destroyed in Rakhine state alone.
Plan International has been working in Rakhine State since 2013. The state is the second poorest in the country and is home to the highest unemployment levels and lowest literacy rates in Myanmar.
Children remain at the heart of everything we do, and we will focus on ensuring all children are safe and schools are re-built so that their lives return to normal.
With your support, our emergency response teams are on the ground distributing clean drinking water to children and families when faced with emergencies.