Prone to flooding, droughts and cyclones, communities in Myanmar are vulnerable to the devastating affects of natural disasters. Ensuring children are safe and protected immediately after a disaster occurs is a prioroty for Plan International Myanmar.
We began working in Myanmar after Cyclone Nargis killed more than 138,000 people in 2008. Since then we have supported communities to recover after Cyclone Giri in 2010 and Darka River flooding in the Delta in 2012.
In August 2015, floods caused by Cyclone Komen affected 9 million people in 12 out of 14 states in the country. Plan International is currently working in 37 of the worst affected communities to ensure people have foood, clean drinking water, children are protected and have returned to school. We have also distributed hygiene kits, clothes and mosquito nets to help families to recover after the floods washed away many, if not all of people's posessions.
Plan International Myanmar is also responding to protracted humanitarian emergencies in Rakhine and Kachin States.
In Kachin state, Plan International has implemented a multi-sector response covering Education, Child Protection, Nutrition, WASH and NFIs in 60 camps. In Rakhine, Plan has implemented an Education, Food, Child Protection and WASH programme covering Sittwe, Minbya and Mwrauk Ou. The approach targets both camp and non-camp activities, and supports the return of form IDPs to their places of origin.