Date: 2 May 2008

Tropical Cyclone Nargis, which hit the Ayeyarwady Delta region in Myanmar in May 2008, was the worst natural disaster to hit the country in recorded history. The UN reported a loss of close to 200,000 lives, with more than 2.4 million more affected. The damage caused amounted to more than US$10 billion.

Partner(s): UNICEF, Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement (Myanmar), Silkair, Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH), Singapore Red Cross Society (SRCS), Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), Accel International Co. Ltd, Myanmar Department of Basic Education (BED)

How we helped:

  • Raised $987,756 through a public appeal
  • Sent five tonnes of relief supplies including:
    • 500 tents
    • 500 household kits
    • Medicine
    • 30,000 water purification tablets
    • 100 Hyflux K18 water treatment kits
    • 4,000 sets of face masks and gloves
    • 200 feminine hygiene kits
    • 1,000 3-gallon pails
    • 90 small buckets
  • Joined hands with Singapore’s Ministry of Health and the Singapore Red Cross Society to deploy a 23-man medical contingent under the banner of Team Singapore, which operated mobile clinics treating an average of 500 people each day over a two week period
  • Deployed, jointly with ADRA, three ultra-filtration water treatment plants with desalination capability and a treatment rate of 10,000l/hour to the affected delta areas. Technicians and trainers were also sent to install the systems and teach local communities how to use and maintain the plants
  • Provided 20 units of pedal-powered portable water filtration systems to rural clinics and orphanages through Myanmar’s MOH
  • Provided, jointly with Accel, eight Rapid Deploy System Shelters costing S$44,000 that were used as temporary classrooms by six schools to help restore normalcy for students
  • Provided S$27,000 worth of classroom furniture for six schools through Myanmar’s BED
  • Reconstructed a primary school at a cost of S$103,400
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