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Plan delivers relief kits to flood-hit families in Myanmar

Much of the water has receded, but what's left behind is a muddy mess.

17 September 2012: Child-centred development organisation Plan Myanmar is distributing relief kits to 3,375 people in four flood-affected villages of Kyaung Gone Township in the Ayeyarwady Delta state.

Monsoon flooding in August affected 70,000 people along the Ayeyarwady Delta, forcing 467 schools to close. An assessment conducted by Plan Myanmar and local partner Swanyee Development Foundation identified a need for non-food items among families who had been unable to evacuate from the villages of Pauk Ngu, Doe Tan, Tet Seik, Laye Kwellaher.

Essential items

Plan’s relief kits comprise hygiene items, mosquito nets, blankets, and clothes and sandals for children. Although the flood water has now receded in affected areas, muddy conditions are slowing down all community activities and access remains difficult as villages can only be reached by river.

Relief kits reached Kyaung Gone Township 13 September with distribution to 110 households on the first day.

“Although all communities received food rations following the initial floods, a large number of people who were unable to leave their homes lost basic belongings,” said John McDonough, Plan Myanmar’s country director.

“Our partnership with Swanyee Development Foundation has successfully allowed us to target those families and ensure that the specific needs of children are considered too.”

Access still difficult

Kyaw Myo Min, Plan Myanmar’s disaster risk reduction manager, was part of the team that delivered the relief kits.

“Access is still difficult along the river banks, but we have received great support from the community to make sure we can get the items to the distribution point on schedule,” he said.

This is Plan Myanmar’s first emergency response since it signed a memorandum-of-understanding with the Department of Social Welfare in July. Plan Myanmar is currently implementing a disaster risk reduction project as a member of the European Commission’s disaster preparedness consortium in Pyapon and Pathein Townships in the Ayeyarwady Delta.