Photos: Myanmar floods

Myanmar has been suffering damaging floods following weeks of heavy rains, with rains and winds from cyclone Komen that made landfall in Bangladesh on 30 July. As of beginning of August, the floods killed more than 50 people and have affected around 259,000 across the country, of which over 88,000 are children.

Among the worst affected regions are two of the poorest states: Chin and Rakhine. The most urgent needs are for food, shelter, water, sanitation, and access to emergency health care.

In Rakhine, children and families living in camps are among the affected population. Floods and landslides have destroyed the roads blocking the access for assessment teams and aid supplies.

Chin in particular is affected as it normally relies on food supplies from other parts of the country. UNICEF has dispatched water purification tablets and hygiene kits to the worst affected areas and is providing boats and trucks to deliver medical supplies, water, rice, salt and oral rehydration salts.

The Government of Myanmar is leading the response, and UNICEF is working with Myanmar authorities to assess the urgent needs and provide support
A young family from Lai Nyin Tha village standing next to their
house which was destroyed by the storm.
Chin State, remote and mountainous and one of the poorest regions in Myanmar,
was also among the hardest-hit by floods. Floods and landslides have destroyed
roads and bridges, blocking access for delivery of food and aid.
©UNICEF Myanmar/2015/Mohammad Badrul Hassan

 

Children are having their second and last meal of the day with plain rice and a
piece of pork at Basic Education High School -2 in
Hakha city, Chin State, Myanmar. The school serves as a temporary
shelter for more than 1600 people.
©UNICEF Myanmar/2015/Mohammad Badrul Hassan

 

 The shelter management told UNICEF staff that they had enough food supply
for another day but were not sure about the following days.
Supplies cannot come to Hakha and elsewhere in Chin State, as all the
connecting roads were disrupted due to heavy rainfall and landslides.
©UNICEF Myanmar/2015/Mohammad Badrul Hassan
UNICEF has dispatched water purification tablets and hygiene kits to
the worst affected areas and is providing boats and trucks to deliver
medical supplies, water, rice, salt and oral rehydration salts.
©UNICEF Myanmar/2015/Tommy Chit Ko Ko

 

UNICEF sent 4,500 hygiene kits to 20,000 in Sagaing
©UNICEF Myanmar/2015/Tommy Chit Ko Ko
Scenes of severe flooding in Chin, one of the most affect areas
©UNICEF Myanmar/2015/Mohammad Badrul Hassan

 

Read the latest press release about the Myanmar floods from UNICEF

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