KUALA LUMPUR: Mercy Malaysia will focus its Myanmar humanitarian effort on the Mon State which had been hit by the most severe floods in 40 years.
Mercy Malaysia Myanmar country manager Shah Fiesal Hussain said the first phase of its relief efforts started in late May when a team of four assessed the situations in Mon, Kayin and Bago states.
He said 10 villages in the Bee Lin district in Mon state needed help. The humanitarian aid will benefit up to 10,166 villagers.
The floods had damaged roads and bridges. He anticipated that Mercy's entire efforts would last until December.
"Floodwaters rose up to four-storey high, but the number of deaths are still unknown because of communication breakdowns at affected areas," Shah Feisal said in a press conference at its headquarters here today.
"We have distributed 840 treated mosquito nets and hygiene kits, and 8,400 exercise books worth US$25,000 (RM102,000) sponsored by Petronas Carigali Myanmar Limited."
Mercy's next phase of the effort would be implementing disaster risk reduction programmes for the local communities.
"This will increase the population's resilience and empower them to manage better in the next disaster," Shah said. "Mercy will need US$40,000 (RM164,000) for this."
Donations can be made to Mercy Humanitarian Fund (Maybank 5621 7950 4126). More information is available on www.mercy.org.my. All contributions are tax-exempted.