Netherlands offers engineering help to flood-stricken Myanmar
Heavy rainfall has been affecting several countries in southern Asia. More than one million people urgently need aid and the material damage is considerable. A state of emergency has been declared in four regions. The Netherlands is already contributing to the relief efforts by organisations on the spot in Myanmar, including the UN and the Red Cross.
Minister Lilianne Ploumen said that the need for help is acute: ‘There is tremendous devastation and large numbers of people have been made homeless. More rain is expected, so it is vital to not only help the victims and provide for their immediate needs, but also to prevent even greater suffering.’
As a delta country, Myanmar is highly vulnerable to flooding, and has been badly hit in recent years.
"I have seen with my own eyes how Myanmar has struggled to cope with repeated floods," said minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen.
"By deploying the Dutch Risk Reduction Team, we can help to find structural solutions to make the country more resilient to water problems.’ ■