Prone to flooding, droughts and cyclones, communities in Myanmar are vulnerable to the devastating effects of natural disasters. Ensuring children are safe and protected immediately after a disaster occurs is a priority 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, the Darka River flooding in the Delta in 2012, and floods caused by Cyclone Komen in 2015.
Cyclone Mora hit the coastal regions of the Bay of Bengal on May 30, 2017. The impact in Rakhine State was less severe than other areas, but included very strong winds and heavy rainfall, causing shelter and infrastructure damage, as well as some flooding. As a result of the cyclone, government schools, government buildings, religious buildings, and houses in Minbya Township were damaged. After receiving a request from the Township Education Department, Plan International started an assessment of affected schools and responded by renovating the most impacted schools and conducting NFI distribution for affected households.
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 Education, Food, Child Protection and WASH programmes covering Sittwe, Minbya and Mrauk U. The approach targets both camp and non-camp activities, and supports the return of IDPs to their places of origin.