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Re-building in Myanmar

Feliciano Monti, a medical coordinator in Myanmar for CESVI, has been helping people in some of the worst hit areas. Feliciano has sent us this account of what he has seen and experienced:

Despite extremely difficult conditions, we’ve managed to finish our assessment in Dedaye district, 100 kilometres south-west of Yangon. At this point, 70% of the roads are now accessible again. A few days ago the whole area was submerged in two meters of brackish water that destroyed everything. Paddy fields were drowned by the sea, causing the loss of the entire harvest.

People have no food and few prospects of any. The situation is evolving day by day: transport connections between rural and urban centres are being re-established and floods are subsiding. Nevertheless, the emergency situation is still severe.

A little bit of aid is slowly arriving, but only from accredited organisations already present in the area and local authorities.

On 13 May, we distributed six tonnes of food to approximately 9,000 people, but this is only a first step. We also managed to deliver a filtering plant, which is essential for producing clean drinking water. Otherwise, people are forced to drink contaminated water and the resulting diarrhoea can be fatal if not treated properly.

Our plan is to distribute basic supplies with the help of local organisations and the UN. We have a stock of 10 tonnes of rice and five tonnes of high-energy biscuits, plastic sheeting, blankets and mosquito nets for 10,000 people.

But the need is still great. We need everything: food, drinking water and medical help for the wounded. It is a fight against time. Despite that, the people here are not waiting passively for aid. Many have already started rebuilding the houses swept away by the cyclone. They re-build their homes and their future with great perseverance.