Starting from mid-july this year, many parts of Myanmar were hit by heavy rainfall which has caused rivers to rise and further flooding, displacing thousands of people in Ayeyarwady Region and Mon and Kayin States.
Currently, the flood areas are Hpa-An Township and Myawaddy in Kayin State (about 1,500 displaced), Kyaikmayaw, Thaton, Billin, Than Phyu Zayat, Ye and Mawlamyine in Mon State (more than 14,300 people displaced), and Myaungmya and Ngapudaw in the Ayeyarwady Region (about 500 displaced).
Flood also caused landslides in Paung and buried 25 homes, and five vehicles. The death toll is rising and the last update was 59 deaths already. Rescue teams are still searching for missing people.
To respond this, KT Care Foundation is planning to provide humanitarian assistance to the people affected by flood. From the last Saturday reports, the flood in Ye township was the worst flood in 20 years and 90 percent of the town was under water. KT Care team is going to Ye township to help flood victims as many of them cannot go back home after flood because their homes were destroyed by the flood.
Immediate need for them is clean water, dried food, clothes and blankets. If you want to be a part of our humanitarian response, please donate clothes and blankets to KT Care office before 11 AM on 14 August which is tomorrow.
Two other recipients of Charity Program for July is (xxx) and (yyy). (xxx) is 80 years old and she lives with her younger sister as her only son passed away. Since she is unable to work anymore, she depends on her neighbours from her ward to take care of her. Her younger sister; (yyy) is a spinster with no one to look after her. The two sisters live together in a place temporarily provided by the warden of the quarter. Before KT Care provided them with financial support, they had difficulties for food and for medical fees.
(xxx) is a recipient of Charity Program for the month of July. He lived with his family in Thaton township before he came to Yangon to treat bone cancer. As a result of suffering from bone cancer, he was forced to cut his one leg. However, he didn’t give up and tried to make a living by opening a hair salon which was sponsored by sympathetic group of people. Due to the recurrence of the symptoms of bone cancer, he wants to make a proper medical check-up and treatment. KT Care decided to support him since his income from hair salon is not enough to treat his disease.
Another recipient of KT Care’s Charity Program is Daw Naw Say Phaw. She is a 78 years old grandma with positive outlook to life. Despite having seven children, Daw Naw Say Phaw lives alone as her children are busy taking care of their own families which put her in a situation to be taken care of by her neighbours. For daily meals, she has to borrow money from neighbours or buy food from local shops with credit. She said that her neighbours are willing to lend her money because she always gives it back once she received money occasionally. When we went to check her situation, we were amazed by her positivity and how she spends her daily life.
One of Charity Program’s recipients of KT Care is U Myint Oo who is a retired solider living in North Dagon. His only companion is his wife who is suffering from heart disease, hypertension, diabetics and needs constant medical check-up. Although he’s 85 years old, he has no choice than to make a living by driving taxi to pay for his sick wife’s medical fees.