UNDP Helps Farmers Get Back On Their Feet After Chin LandslidesAug 21, 2015
[Hakha, Chin State] The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is working with communities in Chin State affected by landslides to help them return to a normal life. More than 1.3 million people in Myanmar have been critically affected by monsoonal rains and landslides during July and August.
As an immediate support, women and men from 500 households in Hakha will be employed through a cash-for-work scheme, where they will receive an income to clear debris from paddy fields, renovate fish ponds, farm drains, village foot paths and roads linking villages. UNDP will also provide small farm animals such as chicken and pigs; animal feed; as well as farming tools to help affected farmers get back on their feet.
UNDP is also supporting affected communities in Rakhine State through a similar initiative.
The monsoonal rains and floods during July and August have affected more than 1.3 million people in Myanmar. According to the Government, floods have inundated over 1.4 million acres of farmland, damaging over 773,884 acres of rice paddy and other crops.