FOREST, Va. —As heavy monsoon rains have displaced more than 150,000 people in Myanmar, Christian humanitarian organization World Help has activated its crisis response program to provide emergency aid and relief to survivors.
Working with local partners, World Help is distributing essentials such as food, clean water, medicine and hygiene kits to families affected by the heavy flooding. These essentials help support displaced families as they wait for the floodwaters to subside.
“The need in Myanmar is immediate,” said Mark Hogsed, vice president of international programs at World Help. “We are talking about entire communities that have been literally swept out of their homes, streets that have turned into rivers and landslides that have devoured rows of buildings. Families were forced to leave their homes and belongings behind as they escaped by lifeboat or by running to higher ground.”
More than a dozen people have been killed by the downpour and consequential floods. In Mon State, the deluge has triggered the worst floods in 40 years, according to the The Myanmar Times. And though tens of thousands of people have managed to flee the immediate destruction, heavy rains are predicted to continue well into September, making relief efforts and victims’ return home even more difficult.
“The people of Myanmar are suffering and in need of food, water and shelter. Anything we can do to help can make a big difference,” Hogsed said.
Contributions to World Help’s emergency aid efforts can be made through their Myanmar flood relief campaign page.
World Help is a Christian humanitarian organization serving the physical and spiritual needs of people in impoverished communities around the world. For 27 years, World Help has worked with partners around the world to help those in need and bring hope into hopeless situations.