Floods in the Rakhine state of Myanmar, August 2015

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

The emergency

In July 2015, following the Cyclone Komen that made landfall in Bangladesh, heavy rains in Myanmar resulted in significant expansion of monsoonal flood waters. The President declared four regions, including Rakhine state, as disaster zones. Over 580,000 people were affected and 99 people died across the affected states/regions by August 2015. Across the affected areas, transportation, electricity and communication were disrupted and access to affected areas remained a major challenge.

Funds allocated:
US$ 26,000 + 149,000

How it made a difference

SEARHEF supported following activities in the flood affected areas:

  • Mobile medical teams/clinics for hard to reach areas and locations where health facilities were damaged beyond functionality
  • Operational cost for strengthening of disease surveillance and prevention of outbreaks (EWARS)
  • Purchase of bed nets, bleaching powder, IFA tablets, Vitamin B1, fogging machines, water purification tablets

Outcome of assistance from SEARHEF
• Emergency and primary health care services to flood affected population was supported through Rapid Response Teams
• Reestablishing access and functionality of health facilities
• Nutritional deficiencies were prevented through food supply and supervisory visits by MOH that were supported through SEARHEF funds
• Prevention of water-borne and vector-borne diseases in flood affected areas
• Prevention of iron deficiency anaemia and beri-beri like diseases
• Regular monitoring of public health interventions for timely interventions

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