On 13 August 2019, representatives from Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation (BFM) visited Thaphyu Kone village in Paung Township, Mon State, where a landslide occurred on 9 August following torrential monsoon rains. The death toll resulting from the landslide stands at 72 (as of 13 August) and rescue teams are still searching for missing persons. More than 27 homes and a monastery were buried or destroyed.
During the visit, BFM representatives met and encouraged the affected persons from Thaphyu Kone village. They also presented a donation of MMK 35,000,000 to Yangon Rescue Organizsation which has deployed a rescue mission at Mount Malat, the site of the landslide.
Under BFM’s donation, each family affected by the landslide will receive MMK 1,000,000 in financial assistance. In addition, each person who was injured because of the landslide and hospitalised at in Mawlamyine General Hospital will receive MMK 100,000. MMK 2,000,000 will also be given to support the reconstruction of a monastery which collapsed because of the landslide.
BFM’s donation will also cover the costs for food rations including 920 cans of fish, 270 cartons of instant noodles, along with 1,000 bottles of purified water which are being provided to social organisations and rescue workers who are serving voluntarily in the affected areas.
Yangon Rescue Organization comprises more than 130 rescue associations from across Myanmar. The organisation operates a total of 282 ambulances across the country to provide emergency services for flood and fire disasters. BFM is appreciative of all the members of the various rescue teams who are working to deliver humanitarian aid and relief to those affected by the landslide.
To date, BFM has invested more than MMK 156 billion in donations and social initiative projects to support people from every background, race and religion across the different regions of Myanmar.