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 already limited livelihood opportunities and poor water and sanitation conditions, have been affected.
Improved access to clean water and sanitation; livelihood support
The flooding has contaminated drinking water sources, submerged agricultural fields and forced more than 3,000 people from their homes. Many residents have lost seeds, tools and livestock during the flood and subsequent displacement.
Improve access to safe water and sanitation and support livelihood recovery
• Repair drinking water sources and school latrines.
• Provide cash for work initiatives to help clean up communities.
• Distribute hygiene kits and water filters to affected families
• Support agriculture through distribution of seeds and tools and the development of nurseries.
• Train individuals and build capacity for agriculture recovery initiatives
• Provide livestock to affected families
• Provide fishing nets to affected families
• Support families to restart their small businesses
Oxfam has been working in Myanmar for over 20 years, providing development and humanitarian aid to people affected by natural disasters and people forced from their homes following various armed conflicts. Oxfam works with local partners to provide people displaced by conflict and living in humanitarian camps with access to safe drinking water, improved hygiene, food and cash assistance