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Disaster Risk Management

Helping children and their families live in safe and resilient communities

Myanmar is vulnerable to natural hazards including cyclones, earthquakes, floods and fire. In 2008 Cyclone Nargis hit the country and affected 2.4 million people and as recently as August 2015 Myanmar was hit by Cyclone Komen, that temporarily displaced an estimated 1.7 million people.

The country's climate is changing - temperatures are getting hotter and the monsoon season is getting shorter. This places communities, especially children, at increased risk from disasters. 

Preparing for disasters is the best way to ensure that children and their communities know how to stay safe if a disaster strikes.

Plan International Myanmar's Disaster Risk Management programme aims to ensure that children and their families live in safe and resilient communities, and we work with communities to build a culture of safety and active participation in reducing the risks from disasters and climate change. 

We are working with communities across Rakhine State which is one of the most disaster-prone parts of the country. Students are now able to identify threats to their safety, work with adults to mitigate these risks and understand how they can stay safe during and immediately after a disaster. 

Children have learnt first aid, how to conduct search and rescue operations and early warning systems have been implemented in schools so that communities can quickly evacuate if a disaster is approaching.

Ma Myo Thu is a leader of her school's search and rescue team. "I was sad that my school would flood every year during the rainy season and that we were not able to study. Now I realise why flooding happens and can educate my classmates and school with knowledge from my Search and Rescue training. I am so proud to be a leader of my team," she said.

 

Children practice their search and rescue skills during a disaster simulation exercise in Rakhine State.