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Oxfam in Myanmar

Children investigating an Oxfam poster about safe hygiene on the wall in Than Phat Kyaung Su village. Photo: Aye Zaw Myo

Floods in Bangladesh and Myanmar

August 2015: Oxfam is responding to widespread flooding and landslides in Bangladesh and Myanmar, which have left hundreds of thousands of people displaced and dozens feared dead.

Days of heavy monsoon rain have resulted in parts of central and western Myanmar being declared "national disaster affected regions" by the government.

Working in collaboration with other INGOs in the region, Oxfam is distributing water and hygiene kits to villages worst hit in Rakhine and other areas.

In Bangladesh, cyclonic storms and flooding have left about 200,000 people displaced. Oxfam is distributing hygiene kits, cash grants and working on a joint response to best deliver humanitarian aid to the region.

Oxfam Australia's Humanitarian Manager Meg Quartermaine said about 2 million people had been affected by the floods and Cyclone Komen in Bangladesh, while in Myanmar, flood waters were affecting entire regions of the country, with the full impact yet to be determined.

"We have teams in place responding to the flooding in both Bangladesh and Myanmar," Ms Quartermaine said.

"Flood waters are making it difficult to access remote villages, particularly in Myanmar, and it's unclear how many people have been affected as communications have been hampered. We are working closely with other agencies to best respond."

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From our staff

Nay Zin Latt, Programme Manager

 I can still remember the first day I came to the Oxfam office for my interview. I immediately felt that I wasn't a stranger to Oxfam, and people's hospitality was very warm. I started work as a programme officer, and now manage our programme here.

Our focus is on pushing for improved governance, through projects which help promote women into leadership roles, develop civil society organisations and help people earn a living in ways that are more secure. All of this work is very much adapted to the local context and the particular situation in Myanmar.

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