The second pillar to our development activities is the provision of emergency relief and assistance to those whose livelihoods and welfare are affected by major incidents, such as natural disasters.
Myanmar has a diverse geographical and geological landscape that is subject to changing, and occasionally harsh conditions. It is a country affected by annual monsoon rains, is located on multiple seismic fault lines that cause minor and major earthquakes and is subject to tropical storms, including cyclones. When such incidents occur, they can have calamitous impacts on communities and their essential infrastructure.
The AWF remains prepared and ready to assist areas affected by disasters or major incidents. We believe that providing initial relief and assistance, as well as longer term rebuilding initiatives, is crucial to minimising suffering as well as the restoration of the lives of those affected.
Myanmar’s 2015 floods affected 12 of its 14 states and regions, resulting in over 100 deaths, damaging over 1 million acres of farmland and destroying local infrastructure in many local villages.
AWF was proud to be a part of the response, with our relief teams providing assistance to affected communities throughout several regions.
Some examples of our work include:
• Donating consumables (emergency supplies including food and medical necessities)
• Assisting in the resettlement of affected flood victims.
• Funding reconstruction efforts, which included the construction of new schools across multiple townships and villages.
• Providing dredging services to create drinking water reservoirs in affected townships.
We remain committed to assisting these flood affected areas.
More recently we have been supporting those affected by fires which ravaged more than 300 homes and other community facilities in Letbutta and Nam San.
We continue to be ready to respond to future disasters by acting rapidly and efficiently to relieve immediate distress and to rebuild livelihoods and infrastructure for longer term recovery.