PAGAN, Burma — Unprecedented levels of monsoon rainfall have led to massive flooding in Burma leaving whole regions under water, according to Pandaw River Expeditions.
Many thousands of village people are now homeless and have lost livestock and food supplies.
In particular Sagaing and Magwe Divisions near the Pandaw Charity operational base at Pagan are severely affected and the island villages where Pandaw operates clinics are now under water. As yet the human toll is not known but can only increase with the further risk of disease.
To help support the relief effort to remote villages, Pandaw will dispatch the ship KALAY PANDAW next week laden with 100 tons of rice and a full medical team from the Pandaw Clinics. The KALAY with a draft if only 2.5 feet will be able to penetrate inland areas to deliver food and medical aid.
Purser Ko Win Hlaing, who masterminded the Pandaw Charity Cyclone Nargis relief operation in 2007, will once again assume command. He masterminded the Pandaw Family Box, containing life essentials, and will work on reviving this again. As with Nargis, Pandaw has the ships, team and generous supporters to be able to help.
Fortunately the Pandaw Charity has a good reserve fund and is able to fund the initial supply of food and medication.
To donate, visit pandawcharity.com and click through to the online donation page.
The Pandaw Charity is registered in Scotland with the number SC 043379.