Switzerland supporting emergency aid measures following flooding in Myanmar

Article, 11.08.2015

Over a million people have been affected by flooding in Myanmar, which has caused widespread damage and cost dozens lives. After the acceptance of country's authorities for international aid, Switzerland released USD 126,000 to provide relief for the victims.   

Emergency workers and civilians pass bottles of water along a human chain.
The distribution of bottled drinking water was one of the first emergency measures organised by the SDC.

Torrential rain and extremely high winds have been flooding several regions of Myanmar since the end of July 2015. In addition to dozens reported deaths, over a million people have been left affected by this natural disaster.

Swiss Humanitarian Aid responded immediately by distributing food and drinking water in the south-east of the country, where it is already running projects. On 4 August 2015, when the Myanmar authorities accepted international aid, Switzerland decided to make a budget of USD 126,00 available to support relief efforts. The money has been transferred to SDC partners involved in distributing basic necessities.

Switzerland has a good network of partners in Myanmar, as it has run a variety of humanitarian and development aid projects in the country for many years. Swiss Humanitarian Aid continues to monitor the situation.