ADRA Myanmar is implementing in Labutta, Ayeyarwaddy, three-year LIFT-funded project, namely the Sustainable Community Alternative Livelihood Enhancement to Undermine Poverty (SCALE UP) Project that started from June 2011 with total contracted budget of USD 1,693,276. In the project area, mangrove trees have been clearly cut down for many years for paddy cultivation, sea salt production, aquaculture, and house building to meet the requirement of ever-growing population and in-migrants.
ADRA Myanmar emergency response coordinator Aung Ko Ko Htway left Yangon to Hpa-An on 29th July 2013 to help with the current flooding situation.
Here is what he says “I am on my way to Hpa-An and took some photos of the roadblocks between Belin-Taungkalay-Thahtone to Hpa-An.
The intermittent rain in the Hlaingbwe Township and surrounding areas has lasted for about 4 days, from Friday (26/07/2013) mid-afternoon until Monday evening (29/07/2013). Last Sunday (28/07/2013), an estimative of 17 inches of rain (per day) had been reported. Continue reading
On 20 March 2013, a small local dispute between several individuals in Meiktila town of Mandalay Region (state) in Myanmar escalated on 21 March 2013 into communal clashes between the Buddhist and Muslim communities. This resulted in a total of 44 fatalities with 61 injured, according to government sources. Due to arson attacks during the communal clashes 1,174 houses have been destroyed and a further 420 damaged in 6 wards of Meiktila town resulting in initially 12,846 people (2,091 households) being displaced (majority due to loss of houses but also a proportion due to on-going fear of violence). Continue reading