October 27, 2011
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is sending emergency supplies to Myanmar where intermittent heavy rains since mid October caused flash floods in the central Sagaing region.
The flash floods killed some 60 people and at least 50 were missing. A further 3,500 people were affected and some 2,000 homes damaged.
Responding to a government request, the agency is sending water purifiers, generators, cord reels, tents, blankets and sleeping pads totaling 10 million yen (USD130,000). The supplies are being airlifted from the agency’s warehouse in Singapore to the country’s largest city Yangon.
JICA recently responded to a series of natural disasters occurring almost simultaneously in many parts of the world.
Earlier this month it dispatched supplies to neighboring Thailand and Cambodia which suffered from heavy rains and flooding, as well as El Salvador and Honduras a half way across the Pacific where a lingering tropical depression caused widespread landslide and flooding.
To further help flood-stricken Thailand, the agency recently sent a survey team to assess the country’s longer term recovery needs and water utility, underground railway experts to help its capital Bangkok tackle the impending flooding. It also arranged for the dispatch of airport experts to advise officials of the city’s international airport.
It is also sending emergency supplies to Turkey as the country continues rescue operations following a devastating October 23 earthquake.