Since Myanmar’s rainy season commenced in early June, close to one million people have been affected by widespread flooding – compounded by Cyclone Komen – in 12 of the 14 states across the country. Considered some of the worst flooding experienced by the area in decades, nearly 100 people have died and 1.2 million acres of rice fields have been destroyed.
The Salvation Army is working alongside government and nongovernment organizations (NGO) to deliver relief assistance to the affected communities in the form of food, water, and shelter. Infrastructure damage remains a major concern as roads and bridges have been destroyed, and in some cases, swept away by the flooding. Many Salvation Army buildings and facilities are housing those who have lost their homes. Long-term relief efforts will revolve around funding and redevelopment of homes, toilets, and wells.
The Salvation Army depends on monetary donations to meet the unique, pressing needs of communities in crisis, such as those within Myanmar. To support international disaster relief efforts of The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO), please visit https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/SAWSO and choose “Disaster Relief & Reconstruction”.
The Salvation Army is committed to utilize philanthropic gifts in the manner donors desire. Occasionally, conditions in the field may alter relief activities. If this occurs, The Salvation Army will redirect funds to our International relief efforts in the area.