Mothers’ Union members in Myanmar are responding to the needs of people affected by the floods that have hit the country for the fifth time in just two months.
“We don’t want to face this anymore. It’s the worst it’s ever been. It is a very desperate situation,” said Naw Lynn, Community Development Coordinator (CDC) for Hpa-an Diocese, one of the worst affected areas.
Mothers’ Union members and young people from the diocese are delivering food, clean water and bags of rice to those whose homes have been flooded as well as people who are stranded and are unable to leave their homes. The only way to get around the area at the moment is by boat because all the roads are badly flooded. “Boats are very expensive to buy so one of our branches has made a boat from bamboo until they are able to purchase another boat,” explained Naw Lynn.
They are raising money from church collections throughout the diocese and plan to continue assisting the communities long after the relief effort in helping them with the rehabilitation process.
Myanmar last experienced the worst monsoon flooding in a decade in 2015. More than 330,000 were displaced and 100 people killed. It has been estimated that 100,000 people have been forced to flee their homes since July.