Appeal for Assistance Launched as Flood Hits Parts of Chin State
21 August 2011: The Tedim Youth Fellowship (TYF) has launched an appeal for assistance for helping the flood-and-landslide-affected villagers and restoring roads and bridges destroyed in Chin State.
The appeal issued today urges Chin communities, churches and organizations as well as individuals across the globe to contribute towards assisting the locals in worst affected areas in Tedim and Tonzang townships.
“We make an appeal for your kind contribution in order to restore what have been destroyed and to help those who are affected by the flood,” said the TYF’s letter.
Rice and commodity prices are sharply rising as communication and transport has been completely disrupted since the start of torrential rains early this month, according to the appeal letter.
“Villagers are facing serious difficulties as they are not able to travel to town due to road landslides and collapse of bridges,” added the appeal.
The Zomi Innkuan Singapore said it will make rice and financial contribution for restoring bridges and buying electric generators for the local villages in Chin State.
At least 14 bridges and 20 houses are known to have been destroyed by swollen streams following recent heavy rains in Tedim Township, Chin State, according to a report by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Burma.
The Chin locals are said to have faced electricity and water cut-off following the unusual weather conditions in Chin State over the past weeks.
A source from Tedim town said that at least seven families have been evacuated to a safe place because of cracks in soil in Dimpi village of Tedim Township.
Many towns and cities across Burma have been hit by torrential rains early this month.
Reporting by Van Biak Thang