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Volunteer dies saving families from lethal floods

18 August 2015

A woman is rescued from flooding in Myanmar by Red Cross workers

As floods sweep through southern Asia, a Red Cross volunteer in Myanmar has died saving others from the disaster.

Thousands of Red Cross volunteers in a host of countries are bringing vital help to people who have lost everything.

On 9 August volunteer U Kyaw Kyaw Lyin died helping marooned villagers escape rising waters. The father-of-two was rescuing the group from a monastery when the river bank he was standing on collapsed.

Senior Red Cross official Jagan Chapagain said: “U Kyaw Kyaw will be remembered as someone who embodied the true humanitarian spirit and put others before himself.”

More than one million people in Myanmar have been affected by the flooding. The Red Cross has been giving life-saving first aid, blankets, hygiene kits, food and clean water.

In the months ahead the Red Cross will help people rebuild their homes and repair life-saving facilities such as wells and latrines.

Shelter for families forced into the open

In flood-hit Pakistan, the Pakistan Red Crescent Society is aiming to give 67,900 people medicines, clean drinking water, emergency shelter and food.

The organisation has already sent hundreds of tents to Rajanpur district in Punjab province, to help set up a camp for people forced from their homes.  

The Red Crescent has also distributed relief items to 299 families in Chitral District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. This is one of the worst affected areas in the country.

Before the disaster struck, the Red Crescent had stored supplies around the country ready to send out as quickly as possible during disasters such as flooding.


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