August 19, 2016

The regeneration of livelihoods in post-disaster recovery planning is key priority

Weeks of heavy monsoon rains in late July and early August brought major flooding to Myanmar, cutting a great swathe of destruction across 11 of 14 regions, flooding hundreds of thousands of acres of farmlands and claiming many lives of people and farm animals.
Most people blamed poor early warning systems for the devastating effects the flood water had on its way through. The people in affected areas were forced to flee to higher land, leaving behind their belongings.
It is still difficult for flood victims in the affected areas to restore their livelihoods, and as a result they are still living on relief supplies contributed by local and international aid agencies and philanthropic organizations.
What matters most to the government is to exercise its management muscle in bringing together local and international experts to perform recovery efforts in a more coordinated way. Now that the flood waters have receded in most inundated areas, farmers are reported to have resumed working the land with the government providing necessary assistance.
One thing for sure is that these farmers will in no way be able to repay their agricultural loans as their harvests have been lost in the disaster. Now is the time for the government to show its magnanimity to those who have suffered huge losses in the recent unprecedented floods. Suspend their debts if not pardon them. Nothing is more important to them than to recover and rebuild their lives so as to return to normal.


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