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Current flooding in Myanmar is adding unthinkable misery for families who already face unimaginable suffering due to ongoing armed conflict since 2012.
As of August 6, at least 16 people have died and 150,000+ have been displaced by the floods. However, the number of deaths and those displaced may be higher as flooding has delayed the arrival of rescue teams to some of the most impacted areas.
The heavy monsoon rains began on July 9, 2018, and have flooded large sections of Myanmar. Around 12,000 hectares (30,000 acres) of farmland has been damaged or destroyed countrywide by flooding over the past week, according to the Myanmar government, adding to food insecurity.
263 makeshift camps have been set up by the country’s National Natural Disaster Management Committee.
Heavy rains has triggered landslides and flooding in refugee camps in Bangladesh where thousands are already living in terrible conditions with little protection from wind and rain.
Hundreds of refugee shelters have been damaged from the rain. Oliver Kyaw, Islamic Relief’s country director in Myanmar says, “These floods are the worst Myanmar has seen for 30 years.”
Flooding Adds to Ongoing Conflict and Suffering
The recent floods constitute a major emergency, especially because they will create even more suffering to the already ongoing conflict and violence against Myanmar’s Muslim minority. The conflict has been continuing in waves after escalating dramatically in 2012.
A campaign of violence began on August 25, 2017 and sent another 720,000 people to Bangladesh as of May 2018.
The official death toll is 400, but more than 40,000 people are missing and presumed dead. Families walk barefoot across borders and rivers desperately searching for refuge; those who make it to makeshift camps suffer extreme heat and inhumane living conditions.
The U.N. has called them “the most friendless people in the world” and has called the violence genocide.
Islamic Relief USA’s Response
Islamic Relief USA has launched a flood emergency in order to send additional assistance to people in Myanmar.
UNOCHA’s ReliefWeb cited Islamic Relief’s response in a report dated July 31, 2018, saying that Islamic Relief’s local partner is distributing emergency food and essential items in Hpa’an, capital of Kayin State in Myanmar, one of the hardest-hit areas.
Past efforts by the Islamic Relief family include supporting humanitarian aid efforts in Myanmar since 2012, with an office opening to serve Myanmar in 2015.
Working in collaboration with the UNHCR and local partners, IRUSA donors have helped hundreds of thousands of people, primarily internal refugees in the Rakhine State of Myanmar, as well as refugees in neighboring Bangladesh and Indonesia.
Your donation means so much to our fellow brothers and sisters in humanity who are, by no fault of their own, enduring suffering upon suffering.