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Telenor Myanmar handed over 55 million Kyat as an early recovery assistance for flooding

24 August, 2018 - Yangon

  • Early recovery assistance of water and sanitation items, clean water and agricultural inputs will be delivered to more than 37,000 affected people in Kayin State and Bago region

Telenor Myanmar today handed over 55 million Kyat to its partner organization Network Activities Group (NAG) to carry out early recovery assistance to more than 37,000 flood-affected people in Kayin state and Bago region. The aid will be used in delivering water and sanitation items to the affected households, in cleaning water sources for affected villages and providing agriculture inputs in order for them to resume farming in time.

Monsoon of 2018 has caused severe flooding in South Eastern parts of Myanmar since July. Many thousands of local people were displaced and aftermath, they are facing challenges regarding to the access to food, clean water, hygiene and sanitation, and livelihood. Following the recommendation of the Initial Rapid Assessment of NAG, Telenor Myanmar extended its assistance to the affected individuals and families in 32 villages in Shwegyin Township, Bago region and 19 villages in Hlaingbwe Township, Kayin State.

“We are deeply sorry to aware that many people in Southern region are devastated after this natural disaster and these flood-affected individuals are under enormous challenges to recover and resume their livelihoods. The emergency situation of a disaster can gain huge attention but the long-term recovery process may get more sophisticated. Understanding the fact that it needs an effective and sustainable plan, we decided to help them rebuild their property, livelihood and their resilience aftermath the crisis. I believe our assistance will be a strong contribution to those who are in need to recover from the disaster and striving to get back their normal lives,” said Sharad Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer of Telenor Myanmar.

Prior to the handing over the assistance today, Telenor has introduced an initiative which helped the customers in the 23 flood-affected townships in the area to be able to connect friends and family. The initiative had provided all the Telenor subscribers in the area an extra 35 Min talk time and 75 MB for data for free. Telenor employees in affected areas are actively contributing with manpower and donations to provide critical support and much-needed help.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), Myanmar is vulnerable to a wide range of natural disasters. As a responsible organization, Telenor Myanmar has also provided emergency relief assistance to flood affected areas as necessary and since 2015 to date, Telenor has provided more than 840 million Kyats in response to natural disasters in Myanmar and more than 145,000 people had been benefited.

Telenor’s humanitarian relief support for disaster-affected communities including response to the flooding in Myanmar is initiated as a part of its corporate responsibility programme. By partnering with NAG, a well-established humanitarian organization in Myanmar, Telenor secures access to professional know-how and capabilities to ensure that our contribution reached areas of needs. 

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Corporate Communications, Telenor Myanmar Ltd
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