Helping to rebuild after the floods of 2015
Myanmar’s Rakhine State is the part of the country threatened most by natural disasters. The effects of extreme weather events have left their mark on the region, which is challenged by a yearly cycle of cyclones and extreme flooding. In August 2015, months of monsoon rain and the passage of cyclone Komen led to severe flooding in twelve of Myanmar’s states and regions. Rakhine State was amongst the most severely affected.
Myanmar’s National Disaster Management Committee estimated that more than 1.6 million people were affected by the flooding, which destroyed or damaged almost 400,000 houses, and cost at least 117 people their lives.
After conclusion of emergency relief measures, rebuilding – and restoring the livelihood of the region’s inhabitants – is now the main priority. The cyclone and flooding destroyed schools, community centers, and sources of drinking water. They now need to be reconstructed, and put back into action.
In the district of Sittwe, Malteser International is rebuilding and renovating several schools, which should be more resistant to future disasters. All of them will be equipped with sanitary facilities.
At the same time, we are training teachers and their students in disaster preparedness – providing information on early warning measures, first aid and rescue, as well as disaster drills. This disaster training is accompanied by additional courses in hygiene and sanitation.
- Reconstruction of a cyclone and flood resistant infrastructure
- Increasing the readiness of local communities and officials to face future disasters
- (Re)construction of schools in the Sittwe district, equipped with water and sanitation facilities
- Disaster preparedness training for students and teachers
Area: 676.578 km²
Population: c. 51.5 Million
Duration: since October 2015
Donors: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Partner: Community Empowerment and Resilience Association (CERA)
Last updated: July 2016