|Project||COMMUNITY-BASED DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT (CBDRM) IN MYANMAR|
To empower the communities in disaster preparedness.
|Project Partners||Mingalar Myanmar|
• Training for Mingalar Myanmar staff • Sensitisation with villagers and local authorities • CBDRM workshop attended by more than 400 people from 7 villages • More than 55,000 mangroves planted in all villages • Evacuation exercise attended by 1,000 villagers • Development of educational materials for the local community
Cyclone Nargis was the worst natural disaster in the recorded history of the country. The cyclone caused catastrophic damage and at least 138,000 fatalities in the delta. The level of preparedness capacity of the communities was extremely low. The warning did not reach the communities in time. The people did not know how to protect themselves and where to evacuate.
But that has since changed. Together with Yangon-based NGO Mingalar Myanmar, MERCY Malaysia initiated the Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) project to empower the communities in disaster preparedness. The project targeted 7 villages from the townships of Dedaye, Pyapon and Bogale that were badly struck by the cyclone.