Child rights organisation prepares flood response across Rakhine State

08 July 2016
Child rights organisation prepares flood response across Rakhine State
Flooding in Rakhine. Photo: Narinjara

Child rights organisation Plan International Myanmar is preparing to respond to flooding that has displaced more than 12,200 people in 41 villages across Rakhine State, the organisation said in a statement on 7 July.
Families have fled to higher ground as water has reached up to four feet and rain is predicted to continue over the coming days.
The organisation will provide life-saving food and water to displaced communities in Minbya Township, and is working in close cooperation with the local township authority.
An emergency response team has been deployed to the worst-affected areas to assess the damage. The team will also ensure children are safe and their basic needs for food, water and protection are being met.
According to Plan International Myanmar’s Business Development Manager, Enrico Rampazzo, the needs of children must be a priority for this response.
“During and after a disaster, children are particularly vulnerable, and can experience stress and have reduced access to food, water and shelter. We are committed to ensuring children are safe and protected and their families are supported during this time.”
As a leading humanitarian agency in Minbya Township, Plan International Myanmar has been working closely with communities in Rakhine State since 2013. The state is one of the most disaster-prone in Myanmar.
These floods come almost one year after flooding caused by Cyclone Komen displaced communities and destroyed homes, schools and crops in Minbya Township and across Myanmar.
After the 2015 floods, Plan International Myanmar provided life-saving food and water and supported the protection and education of children after the returned to their homes, the statement said.