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Assistance to flood affected - MMR132
Preliminary Appeal Target: US$ 997,365
Geneva, 30 August 2013
Heavy monsoon rains have caused havoc in many parts of Myanmar and, according to OCHA, 73,300 displaced people were living in temporary camps as on 16 August 2013. The floods have affected both rural and urban areas. Some villages have been completely cut-off due to the destruction of access roads and the affected communities in such areas are stranded, unable to reach the camps that have been set up. Such areas are still largely inaccessible to humanitarian agencies which make the humanitarian needs of the affected population more acute. This also means that the number of actual affected people could be higher that estimated. In Kayin State, the affected population has suffered twice as they return to the camps after a second spell of flooding.
Rapid assessments, carried out by ACT members and their partners, revealed widespread damage to the monsoon rice crop, which will have immediate impact over food security of the population. Repairs of infrastructure and damaged houses will be also needed. In addition, water sources have been contaminated exposing the communities to the risk of water-borne diseases.
Most of the flood affected areas already lacked any development indicators, as they had been suffering from a long period of armed conflict. The recent devastating floods have further compounded the problems faced by vulnerable population groups in these areas. There is a need to provide longer-term rehabilitation support to the affected population in these areas.
Members of the ACT Myanmar Forum – Church World Service (CWS Asia & Pacific), DanChurchAid (DCA), Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) along with partners are planning to provide emergency aid comprising of food and non-food items; food security along with early recover and livelihood restoration; cash for work; shelter; water and sanitation; healthcare; protection and training.
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