Emergency Relief Activity in Floods affected Myanmar-1
In midland Myanmar, there has been a flood due to the continuous rain since 17th Oct, added by the heavy downpour at 8PM on 19th Oct. This has caused the overflow of Ayeyarwady River and led to the flooding of the surrounding areas. On 24th Oct., AMDA group has decided to organize relief operation to respond to this emergency situation.
Especially, the damage caused by the overflow of Chouchen River and Ywe River has been very severe. According to the government, the number of death reached 215. Media also reported that more than 1,700 people have been forced to evacuate to nearby temples and schools. By the evening of 19th Oct., the Yepha Bridge over Ywe River had collapsed, and on 20th Oct., Chouchen Bridge over Chouchen River had also fallen down in the morning.
In the affected villages, roof tops of the stilted houses were even covered in water once, due to the increased water level of the nearby river at midnight on19th. There have been villages where people had not only lost houses, but the most of the property such cattle, agricultural materials, and daily housewares. By the early morning on 20th Oct,. the water level had declined however, the people have been left out with the hard work that they are having to look for food, clear the mud and debris, rehabilitate houses and their livelihood.
The local staffs of AMDA MINDS (AMDA Multisectoral &Integrated Development Services) had started the preparation for the relief on 20th Oct., and have been continuing the survey at site.
AMDA group had decided to respond to this state of emergency in Myanmar on 24th Oct. Mr. Suzuki, chairperson of AMDA MINDS will leave Japan for Myanmar on 30th Oct., to decide the further details.
AMDA's commitment to the people of Myanmar goes back to Emergency Relief Activity for the Refugees in 1992, and other relief operations in various disasters in the past.