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Church stands ready to respond to Myanmar flooding

Some 130,000 people have been displaced, further heavy rains expected

Church stands ready to respond to Myanmar flooding

A file image of a woman walking down a street filled with water after seasonal flooding hit the city of Pathein in the Irrawaddy region on Aug. 13, 2016. This year, seasonal flooding has again hit many parts of the Myanmar, displacing tens of thousands of people. (Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP)

July 26, 2017

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The Catholic Church in Myanmar is assessing damage done by widespread flooding in the country and are collaborating with local authorities in formulating an emergency response.

Branches of Karuna Myanmar Social Solidarity — the Myanmar name for Caritas — are on the ground preparing to assist communities affected by flooding that has hit nine regions situated along three of the country's main rivers.

The flooding has killed at least two people and displaced more than 130,000 people, according to the government's relief and resettlement department.

Father Henry Eikhlein, director of Karuna Pathein, said they are meeting with local authorities this week to organize an emergency response. "We will collaborate with them to respond to what is happening," Father Eikhelein told ucanews.com.

Karuna Pathein is already experienced in relief operations, having helped during Cyclone Nargis, which devastated the Irrawaddy Delta in 2008.

Further heavy monsoon rains are expected.

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