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August 19, 2019
Humanitarian Response

We are responding to the Myanmar monsoon emergency


We are responding to the Myanmar monsoon emergency

More than 70 people have died and nearly 100,000 are displaced following severe monsoon rains in Myanmar.

Two months of torrential rain has led to river banks overflowing, multiple landslides and extensive flooding. People have been forced to flee from their homes and food reserves and crops have been destroyed. Last week’s landslide in Paung Township, killed more than 70 people.

Rescue efforts have been hindered by mud and further downpours.

The national, state and local authorities, supported by the Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS), local communities and civil society organizations have been responding, but owing to the scale of impact, further assistance is needed.

Thanks to funding from The START Network, we are launching a rapid response to get food supplies to people in need.

With our local partner, Metta Development Foundation, we will be targeting 17 villages in Kayin State and 7 villages in Mon state which our rapid assessments have identified as yet to receive sufficient supplies. All have suffered significant damage to food stocks and crops and left families without enough food to manage. Our response aims to reach around 12,000 people, providing enough basic food rations to survive for one month. This will enable families to eat nutritionally and without fear of where their next meal will come from; allowing them to focus on getting back on their feet.

The START Fund provides rapid financing for off-the-radar emergencies and to fill critical gaps in humanitarian financing. The multi-donor pooled fund, supported by the British, Irish, Dutch, and Belgium governments and the European Commission, is managed by Humanitarian NGOs delivering the fastest-collectively-owned, early response mechanism in the world. World Jewish Relief have been members since 2016.

We are not launching a wider appeal at this stage. You can support our emergency work by donating a one-off sum or signing up for a monthly direct debit to our Disaster Fund.