On World Humanitarian Day, Community Partners International (CPI) is mobilizing to support communities in Mon State, Myanmar, affected by severe flooding. Between August 16 and 18, CPI staff traveled with members of the Bo Bo Win Emergency Rescue Foundation from the Myanmar Health CSO Network (Mon State) to five flooded villages Kyaikmaraw Township to distribute packs of rice to 625 households. CPI also distributed water purification tablets and instruction pamphlets provided by the Mon State Health Department.
Communities in flood-affected areas face many challenges. In Kyaikmaraw Township alone, 40,0000 people in 27 villages have been affected by the floods. Families have lost their belongings and, in some cases, their homes. Thousands of people have been displaced, taking shelter in local monasteries and other buildings on higher ground. Rice paddies and other crops have been covered by floodwater, and livestock drowned.
CPI staff member Nay Zar Win, who traveled to the flood-affected areas, said, “As well as food, families need candles, solar lights, blankets, mosquito nets and kitchen supplies. One challenge is that there is a shortage of boats, so it takes more time to get supplies to the villages.”
CPI staff will head to Ye Township, Mon State, on August 20 and 21 to distribute household kits including solar lights, cooking equipment, candles, clothing, blankets, mosquito nets, hygiene and sanitary items, water purification tablets and other emergency supplies to families affected by flooding.