Myanmar is accustomed to rains as part of the monsoon season. However, continued and heavier than normal rain in early July resulted in major flooding in low-lying communities, in particular the Kyauk Taw township in Rakhine State. At least 24 vulnerable farming communities, with limited livelihood opportunities and poor water and sanitation conditions, were further impacted.
The flooding contaminated drinking water sources, submerged agricultural fields and forced more than 3,000 people from their homes. Many residents lost seeds, tools and livestock during the flood and subsequent displacement.
Oxfam-Québec chose to focus its relief efforts on improving access to safe water and sanitation, and supporting livelihood recovery. Activities included:
• to repair drinking water sources and school latrines
• to provide cash for work initiatives to help clean up communities
• to distribute hygiene kits and water filters to affected families
• to support agriculture through distribution of seeds and tools and the development of nurseries
• to train farmers and build capacity for agriculture recovery initiatives
• to provide livestock to affected families
• to provide fishing nets to affected families
• to support families to restart their small businesses.