Yangon, October 12, 2015 – Telenor Myanmar Limited (“Telenor”), todayhanded over contributions amounting toMMK343.8 million to Network ActivitiesGroup (NAG), a local livelihood and emergency relief NGO, to support early recovery efforts in Sedoketayar Township of Magway state
Sedoketayar,located in a dam valley and surrounded by mountain ranges and hills, in late July suffered effects of heavy rains and devastating floods which caused dam spillways to be opened. Sedoketayartown and over 28 villages located belowand around the dam were flooded with over threemeters of water and silt, causing damage to agriculture, infrastructure, livestock and water source pollution.
As part of efforts in the aftermath of one of the worst floods to hit Myanmar, Telenor announced a number of relief efforts in July, and pledged to support long-term recovery efforts in the worst affected areas. Sedoketayar, among the worst hit areas with limited recovery assistance to date, will receive early recovery interventions through NAG.
“We will focus on 28 villages, where the beneficiaries will be 840 small scale farmers, 2,800 families of the landless community, and 196 vulnerable families,”said NAG’s CEO U Bobby, who is overseeing the implementation of the early recoveryprogramme. “We are very much thankful to Telenor for supporting the flood response programme”.
The funding will be used in procurement of seeds, farming tools and livestock, renovation of farm land, canal, & footpaths, disaster preparedness training and vocational training in new farming methods.
Aid adds to relief delivered in July
In July, Telenor Myanmar together with Telenor Group and Dtac(Telenor Group’s business unit in Myanmar) had contributed or facilitated MMK170.2m and USD106.5kfor over 50,000 beneficiaries in Sagaing, Magway, and Ayeyarwaddy states. This was done through various local entities such as Sagaing Youth Social Network Organization, Network Activities Group, Myanmar Mobile Education Project, and Yangon-based Youth Volunteers Network.
“When the floods hit Myanmar a few months ago, we aligned our efforts and support around three focus areas. Firstly, keeping our network operational as far as possible; second, delivering aid to affected communities through organisations who are already on the ground; and third, exploring ways in which we could support long-term recovery in the most affected areas and for the more vulnerable communities. We applaud and support the dedicated work done by NAG, and trust that these efforts will in some meaningful way help the community in Sekoketayar resume normal life in as short a time as possible,” says PetterFurberg, CEO of Telenor.
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