Editorial Notes

As Myanmar is hit by floods, citzens should fill aid gap left by govt, the Myanmar Eleven urges

Flood-affected residents commute through floodwaters in Kalay, upper Myanmar's Sagaing region on August 3, 2015.
Flood-affected residents commute through floodwaters in Kalay, upper Myanmar's Sagaing region on August 3, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

In its editorial on Aug 3, 2015, the Myanmar Eleven urges people to contribute generously, as the flooding takes its toll.

Cyclone Komen is bringing the worst flooding in Myanmar's history across its 11 states and regions, with nearly all its main rivers reaching their danger levels.

More and more areas are under water.

But there are still only a few preventive measures and rescue efforts.

Around 1,000 households were evacuated to safer ground this week after the Ayeyawady's level went 1.7m above its danger level and Minbu in the Magway region was flooded.

The flooding killed 11 people and made more than 3,800 people homeless in Rakhine State's Buthidaung District.

The Ayeyawady continues to rise, forcing nearly 400 homes to be abandoned in Pyay, the Bago region.

Most townships in Thayet District flooded as the Ayeyawady and its tributaries continued to swell.

On July 29, the Thanlyin reached its danger level and floodwaters inundated low-lying wards in Hpa-an, where nine relief camps have been opened.

Around 6,000 people are taking shelter in the camps.

The Sagaing and Magway regions and Rakhine and Chin states are currently worst affected by the flooding, and the Ayeyawady region started suffering on July 31.

Floods also hit Kachin State, the Mandalay region and Shan State in late July.

The Bago region and Kayin and Mon states are also affected.

More than 500,000 acres of farmland have been submerged and more than 130,000 acres of crops were completely destroyed.

Flood victims have to rely mainly on humanitarian aid as their homes and farmland as well as roads and bridges are damaged.

Some villages have received no aid.

People were generous when Cyclone Nargis hit the country in 2008 although the authorities were slow to provide humanitarian aid.

Now people are passionately providing support for the flood victims.

So the Daily Eleven urges citizens to keep providing assistance for the victims as the need is rising.  

Editorial Notes reproduces editorials appearing in member papers of The Straits Times media partner Asia News Network, a voluntary grouping of 22 newspapers.