Telenor's relief assistance reaches 27,000 flood affected population in Rakhine

  • Nearly 27,000 affected people received life-saving food items and drinking water
  • 140 affected households received unconditional cash assistance to repair or rebuild their houses

27th July, 2016, Yangon – Telenor Myanmar Limited (“Telenor”) has provided life-saving food items, drinking water, and cash assistance to nearly 27,000 flood affected people in Rakhine since its emergency relief efforts began in early July. Telenor funded MMK 86.4 million (MMK 864 Lakh) in response to the flooding in Rakhine, and provision of relief assistance was carried out by its local partner Network Activities Group (NAG) in 62 villages in Minbya, Kyauktaw and Mrauk-U townships.

Many communities in Rakhine suffered from the flooding for two consecutive years and as a result many of their houses and livelihood assets were damaged. Telenor also provided unconditional cash assistance to 140 households whose houses were partly or completely damaged by the recent flooding. On 16 July, a boat carrying Telenor-provided food items for flood-affected people from a village in Minbya Township capsized due to bad weather and all food items were lost. Telenor, through NAG, redistributed last week the same amount of food items to the affected villagers.

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’s response to flood in Rakhine is initiated as a part of its Corporate Responsibility programme.

“Many areas across Myanmar are at risk of flooding due to heavy monsoon rains and Telenor, in collaboration with NAG and local community based organizations, will continue to assist severely flood affected communities nationwide as necessary,” said Khin Pyait Wonn Thaw Tar, Telenor Myanmar’s Corporate Responsibility Lead.

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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