Thousands of people in eastern Burma are urgently in need of drinking water after the area’s lakes and wells were polluted by floodwater last week.
Nyan Htun, a community leader in Thaton, Mon State, said that around 1,000 local wells and lakes have been contaminated.
Thousands of residents from about 15 villages, including Kyaikkaw, Theinzeik, Mayangon, Dewan, Aukkwin and Seikkyun, are now in dire need of clean water.
“Although the flood subsided, lakes and wells were polluted by debris, and there are around 1,500 households that rely on them,” said Nyan Htun.
“The local government provided some relief during the floods. They started distributing water purification tablets but not nearly enough to cover the whole area.”
He said affected villagers are surviving on purchased bottled water, which is only a temporary fix as many are living in extreme poverty and supply is short. Nyan Htun stressed that the area needs a longer-term solution, such as more purification tablets to make local water sources usable again.
Other urgent needs, he said, are textbooks and stationery for local students, many of whom lost those items while fleeing their homes as water levels rose abruptly last week. Many are also in need of clothing and other basic items because of the emergency evacuations.
Those wishing to donate to the flood victims can contact the National League for Democracy in Thaton at 0973211518 or 09425349012.