Telenor Myanmar provided MMK 86.4 million (MMK 864 Lakh) for flood response in Rakhine

  • Around 10,000 affected people will receive MMK 86.4 million (MMK 864 Lakh) worth of life-saving food items, drinking water and other relief assistance
  • Up to 2000 affected households will also receive family, shelter and sanitation kits

11th July, 2016, Yangon – Telenor Myanmar Limited (“Telenor”) today provided MMK 86.4 million (MMK 864 Lakh) worth of life-saving food items, drinking water, and family, shelter and sanitation kits to around 10,000 affected people in Rakhine through its local partner Network Activities Group (NAG). Telenor began its support to communities affected by severe flooding across Rakhine since early this month, who have been displaced by flooding triggered by continuous torrential rains.

“Many people are still taking shelter in temporary places and we are providing support in order to meet their immediate needs. NAG will closely coordinate with authorities, humanitarian organizations and local community based organizations to make sure all affected people receive the assistance,” said Khin Pyait Wonn Thaw Tar from Telenor Myanmar’s Corporate Responsibility team.

Additionally, Telenor will also provide family and shelter kits to up to 2000 affected households. The family kit contains essential items such as blankets, mosquito nets, clothes, kitchen utensils and the shelter kit contains tarpaulin sheets, nylon ropes, steel ropes, knifes and hatchets.

As an initial response to floods in Rakhine Telenor Myanmar on 8th July provided MMK 500 free credit to its subscribers in flood-affected Minbya, Kyauktaw and Mrauk-U townships in order to help facilitate communication with their family, relatives and friends. Telenor Myanmar’s response to flood in Rakhine is initiated as a part of its Corporate Responsibility programme.

Under the programme, Telenor Myanmar donated MMK 343.8 million (MMK 3438 Lakh) last year for delivering rapid recovery assistance to 28 flood affected villages in Sedoktaya Tonwship, Magwe Region in partnership with NAG. In May 2016, more than 170 fire-affected agricultural households in Nyaung pin Thar Village in Magwe Township were provided seeds for 665 acres of paddy plantation. In total, Telenor and its sister companies provided over MMK 500 million (MMK 5,000 Lakh) and USD 100,000 in funding for flood relief to various partners in 2015.

Telenor Myanmar’s Corporate Responsibility initiative includes Telenor’s Light Houses for promoting digital literacy; Myanmar Mobile Education Project providing non-formal education to underprivileged children; mHealth for maternal and child health information app; and humanitarian relief support for disaster-affected communities. Telenor also began Special Numbers Auctions that act as a platform to generate donations for various social organizations, including monastic schools and orphanages.

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