Myanmar is exposed to multiple natural hazards. The coastal regions are exposed to cyclones, storm surges, tsunami and strong winds while major parts of the country are at risk from earthquakes and fires. Heavy rainfall-induced flooding is a recurring phenomenon across the country while some parts of the country are exposed to landslides and droughts. Cyclone Nargis in 2008 claimed 140,000 lives.
We established an emergency preparedness and response programme in 2016 to strengthen our organisational capacity on emergency response to build safer and more resilient communities.
In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, BRAC International and BRAC Myanmar are implementing a model for developing local emergency preparedness and response capacities. To strengthen humanitarian localization through a participatory, community-based, and inclusive approach, our project will work with two schools, two communities and two regional governments in Bago and Yangon, directly building the capacity of 40 local government officials, 100 community volunteers, 200 students, 20 teachers and education department officials, and 50 BRAC Myanmar staff.
We also responded to the July 2018 floods that affected eight regions and states across Myanmar. As the only INGO registered to engage in disaster risk management activities in Bago Region, we provided food and immediate relief items to over 62,000 flood-affected people in 10 camps, villages and wards. Community volunteers from our IEPP project were directly involved in response efforts.