CARE responds to severe flooding in Myanmar, Bangladesh and India

CARE responds to severe flooding in Myanmar, Bangladesh and India

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Posted
8/3/15

MYANMAR (August 3, 2015) — Heavy monsoon rains have caused flooding and landslides in several parts of Myanmar, killing dozens of people and affecting hundreds of thousands of residents.

CARE is trying to reach some of the worst hit areas to distribute emergency relief supplies. 

“We’re expecting the death toll to rise in northern areas, which have been devastated by flooding and landslides caused by incessant monsoon rains and the effects of Cyclone Komen hitting Bangladesh,” said Stav Zotalis, CARE Myanmar’s Country Director. “It's extremely difficult to get clear information because communication networks have been badly affected. CARE staff have joined teams assessing the damage. Safe drinking water, food and basic shelter appear to the greatest needs right now."

CARE has worked in Myanmar since 1995 with the aim to improve the lives of people in poor communities through empowerment of women and their communities. CARE has 10 offices throughout in Myanmar, with over 290 staff members working across the country.

CARE is also responding to a second round of flash flooding in Bangladesh, caused by Cyclone Komen, and is monitoring flooding caused by the same cyclone in northeastern India.

Media contact

Holly Frew  +1.404.979.9389  hfrew@care.org

About CARE

Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE has more than six decades of experience helping people prepare for disasters, providing lifesaving assistance when a crisis hits, and helping communities recover after the emergency has passed. CARE places special focus on women and children, who are often disproportionately affected by disasters. To learn more, visit www.care.org.

 

Mother and child seek safer ground from floods in Bangladesh. Photo: CARE

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