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Myanmar Ministry Center Responds to Flood Emergency

Flood survivors return from the LHM - Myanmar distribution with much-needed food and supplies.

Flood survivors return from the LHM – Myanmar distribution with much-needed food and supplies.

Lutheran Hour Ministries—Myanmar is providing relief to people whose lives have been disrupted by catastrophic flooding this summer.

Heavy rains that began sweeping across Myanmar on July 16 have resulted in flooding and landslides that have killed at least 106 people and affected more than 1.3 million—driving many from their homes and destroying farm crops. Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, typically experiences flooding due to seasonal monsoon rains from May through August. Rains during 2015 have been unusually severe, a condition that was exacerbated when Cyclone Komen struck the region on July 30. Myanmar’s government has advised people to evacuate low-lying areas; many displaced Burmese have sought refuge in public shelters, churches and Buddhist monasteries.

LHM—Myanmar Director Mar Lay contacted one of the ministry center’s radio listeners who is a resident of the hard-hit Magway Region. The listener described the needs of the people in the disaster zone, and the ministry center’s staff and volunteers traveled to Magway City, where they purchased rice, cooking oil, soap and other necessities.

“We distributed these supplies to 400 families in two Buddhist villages,” says Mar Lay. “We also provided school supplies to 300 primary school students.”

Grateful monks at the monastery in one village served the LHM responders lunch before distributing the supplies they brought.

“We were all so hungry—and very happy to have something to eat!” says Mar Lay. Their strength renewed, the team eagerly went to work sharing supplies—“and God’s love!” Mar Lay adds—with the villagers.

Mar Lay reports that the government expects to be responding for at least six months to needs caused by the extreme weather Myanmar has experienced in 2015. Please pray for those affected by the flooding and those who are working to provide much-needed assistance. For more information about LHM’s ministry in Myanmar, visit myanmarlhm.wordpress.com.

2 thoughts on “Myanmar Ministry Center Responds to Flood Emergency

  1. Dear Lutheran Ministeries group,
    Greetings to you all in Jesus’ name. I am Chin Lak Aung and living in Shwe Pyi Thar. And now I am of Simi’s Areas funds team. So, for this reason, I would like to requests to you all to help for Sub-Simi Myo and villages for flood. Now, some team gave rices but it was not enough for that areas, we need your helps for this purpose if you want to me or group, we are always for meeting for discusions the matters of the flood areas. I have the names’ lists of flood villages and houses are 500. So, please i humbly requets to you all to save them in Christ loving. Thanks!
    In Chin Lak Aung
    Shwe Pyi Thar
    09250051047

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