Press Release

Telenor Myanmar takes First Initiative for Emergency Flood Response

23 July, 2019 - Yangon

  • Telenor Myanmar takes an initial step to contribute in response to the first monsoon flooding this year
  • Water and other life-saving food items will be provided to flood affected people in camps from 21 villages in Kachin State

Telenor Myanmar today successfully handed over total of more than 17 million Kyat to its partner organization Network Activities Group (NAG) as an initial response to flood affected people at camp sites in Kachin State. Life-saving food items such as water, rice, bean, salt and oil will be delivered to more than 2500 people from 21 villages in Bhamo township. Telenor Myanmar is the first telecom operator to respond to this year monsoon flooding and continuing as key contributor to disaster responses.

Situated on the bank of the Ayeyarwady river, Bhamo is one of the districts hardest hit by the flooding in Kachin State due to torrential rains in recent weeks. Aid and emergency response teams led by the Kachin Disaster Management Department, and local and international NGOs have been distributing food but there is shortage as more displaced families flock to the shelters.

“Many villages in Bhamo are at risk of flooding due to heavy rain this monsoon season. We want to make sure that they receive the necessary items as quickly as possible. We will continue our assistance and expand our contribution to other areas in Kachin State as necessary. Above and beyond our commercial investment, we have a strong social commitment to the people of Myanmar. 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 daily normal lives.” said Min Thu, Head of Business Sustainability and Special Projects of Telenor Myanmar.

According to the United Nations office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), more than 45,000 people are estimated to have been displaced by flooding in Kachin, Rakhine, Mon and Chin states and Mandalay, Sagaing, Bago and Magway regions in Myanmar where Kachin State has been reported as the most number of displaced families for over 2,2000 people.

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 1,042 Million Kyats in response to natural disasters in Myanmar. Telenor’s humanitarian relief support for disaster-affected communities is part of its corporate responsibility programme and this emergency relief efforts over the years have benefited more than 184,000 people across Magwya, Mandalay and Bago regions. These include the townships of Yananchaung, Magway, Yaysagyo, Salin, Pwint Phyu, Minhla, Nyaung U, Amarapura, Tadaroo, Minbu and Kawa.

About Telenor Myanmar

Telenor Myanmar has been providing accessible and affordable mobile communications to people across Myanmar since September 2014. With more than 8,600 sites nationwide, Telenor Myanmar serves more than 19 million customers in all States, Regions and territories through its 2G, 3G and 4G network. Telenor Myanmar is part of Telenor Group, one of the world's major mobile operators with 178 million subscriptions across Scandinavia and Asia and committed to responsible business conduct and driven by the ambition of empowering societies.

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