Emergency and humanitarian action

Heavy rains trigger floods in Myanmar, WHO releases emergency funds

Locals use makeshift raft and rubber inner tube as a means of getting through flooded road in Kale township of Sagaing Region, Myanmar, 03 August 2015. Myanmar president declared four regions (Sagaing, Magway Regions and Rakhine, Chin States) as disaster zones on 31 July 2015. Heavy monsoon rains caused floods around Myanmar with dozens deaths being reported as thousands are fleeing their homes in several regions across the country. In Myanmar monsoon starts at the beginning of June and ends in September.
Locals use makeshift raft and rubber inner tube as a means of getting through flooded road in Kale township of Sagaing Region, Myanmar, 03 August 2015.
EPA/LYNN BO BO

Heavy seasonal rains have caused flooding in 11 of the 14 States and Divisions in Myanmar, affecting over 200,000 people. Chin and Rakhine Sates, Sagaing and Mague Divisions are the worst-affected.

WHO has extended funding support through the South East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund (SEARHEF), to meet the immediate needs of the emergency response.

Many health facilities are inundated and patients are being evacuated to safer grounds. Floods, flash floods and landslides have damaged roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

The Ministry of Health, WHO and other health partners are working in close coordination to support relief work. WHO Staff are supporting emergency response together with the State Health Departments.

Emergency and Humanitarian Action
World Health Organization
Regional Office of South-East Asia
Email: searo_eha@who.int
Tel: 91-11-23370804 Ext. 26444
Fax: 91-11-23378438 (Direct)