| Myanmar | 9 Aug 2015 | Asia Samachar |
A group of Sikhs from Myanmar under a banner called the Myanmar Young Sikh Aid (MYSA) are heavily involved in providing relief and medical aid to pockets of the massive flood disaster in Myanmar.
MYSA seems to spearheading the relief work, including raising funds, on their own accord to bring direct assistance to the affected people.
“It’s really the worse flood we had ever seen. And it [is] really dangerous,” according to an update on the Facebook page of MYSA, which describes itself as a non-government organisation.
Asia Samachar had checked their Facebook page which showed many photos and updates of their recent relief efforts via trucks and also boats.
An official of a local Kuala Lumpur Sikh based organisation is also in touch with a MYSA member, who said he would update potential donors on the appropriate way to channel the funds.
On Aug 4, UK-based Khalsa Aid said that its volunteers were on their way to the flooded areas of Manipur, India and Myanmar.
“These are some of the most experienced team members who have worked in Kashmir floods and Nepal. We wish them a safe journey to the affected areas,” it said.
United Sikhs, another relief NGO, is also setting up relief work, working together with local Sikhs from the Gurdwara Sahib Yangoon.
“5 humanitarian jawan leaving from Yangon Gurdwara Sahib with 5 tonnes of aid for more than 1500 people heading south to the Delta frontier of Myanmar,” it said in a Facebook update today.
Nearly 90 people have died and four states have been declared disaster zones affecting at least 330,000 residents. Over a million acres of rice fields have been flooded and crops destroyed on more than 150,000 acres, the agriculture ministry said, according to an AlJazeera report (8 Aug 2015).
Myanmar’s previous junta government was accused of callous indifference in its sluggish response to Cyclone Nargis in May 2008, which left nearly 140,000 people dead or missing, according to an AFP report.
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