Flood Relief in MyanmarSince the end of July to August 2015, the long-lasting monsum and the heavy tropical cyclone "Komen" caused huge floods and devastating landslides in many parts of Myanmar. This was the biggest disaster since the last big cyclone "Nargis" in 2008.
Many people were killed and over 1.1 million have been affected across the country, among them over 380.000 children. Hundreds and thousands have lost their homes and agricultural fields and they have hardly access to food and drinking water. Huge parts of the country’s rice harvest and crops have been destroyed. This leads to a critical situation with lack of food right now, and long term impacts on food security and livelihood. Some of the most vulnerable people in the country live in the six most affected states and regions, four of which have been declared natural disaster zones by the Government (Chin, Rakhine, Sagaing and Magway). The water levels are slowly decreasing in some regions, but the threat still remains.
Our Partner in Thailand and Myanmar helped with an emergency program in the first step. They delivered, rice, drinking water filters, fish paste and medicine. Even in this state of grief and distress the children started to go to school again, although many school buildings are destroyed or damaged. The teaching will go on, even when it has to take place outside. Almost all teaching- and school materials are gone.
O.P.C. has to do something in the face of this catastrophe and has decided to participate in sponsoring new school material, like schoolbooks, pens and black boards. The planning and organization of reconstruction and restoration are going full speed. As soon as our partners contact us for support and as far our financial situation allows us, we will also support the reconstruction of school buildings.