Netherlands offers engineering help to flood-stricken MyanmarStaff writer ▼ | August 18, 2015
The Dutch government has said that members of the Dutch Risk Reduction (DRR) team are ready to go when needed to help Myanmar, which has recently been hit by severe flooding.
From Europe to Asia Heavy rainfall has been affecting Myanmar
Minister Lilianne Ploumen said that the need for help is acute: ‘There is tremendous devastation and large numbers of people have been made homeless. More rain is expected, so it is vital to not only help the victims and provide for their immediate needs, but also to prevent even greater suffering.’
As a delta country, Myanmar is highly vulnerable to flooding, and has been badly hit in recent years.
"I have seen with my own eyes how Myanmar has struggled to cope with repeated floods," said minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen.
"By deploying the Dutch Risk Reduction Team, we can help to find structural solutions to make the country more resilient to water problems.’ ■