Several days of heavy rain in Burma (Myanmar) have forced tens of thousands of people to seek shelter.
ActionAid’s Country Director in Burma, Shihab Uddin Ahamad, said:
“These unexpected floods have affected thousands of people, particularly in the east of Burma.
“Around 25,000 people, mainly women and children, have been forced to take shelter in monasteries, schools and anywhere else they can find.
“People urgently need food, bedding, toilets, soap and bleach. ActionAid will be working with the local government to reach the most remote communities.
“This is a region that has just come out of 60 years of ethnic conflict so it’s of vital importance that the aid effort is carefully coordinated with both government and non-government groups.”
ActionAid’s Burma Country Director will be in London 5-8 August and available for interview.
ActionAid humanitarian staff in the flood affected region will be available via Skype or on the phone.