Prayers needed amid record rainfall

By August 7, 2013

Burma (MNN) — Thousands are fleeing their homes in Burma as floodwaters rise.

Partners Relief and Development says a tropical storm at the end of July is still wreaking havoc in southeastern Burma. Five days of record-level rainfall caused a major river to flood its banks, submerging regions in both the Karen and Mon states.

In the Karen state, floodwaters consumed both the homes and livelihoods of several villages helped by Partners. According to the group's Facebook page, around 600 people sought refuge in a monastery in the Palu and Min Lae Pan areas.

Now, ongoing rain isn't letting things dry out. It's triggering flash floods and landslides, and destroying infrastructure.

According to government reports, the death toll has risen to six with one person reported missing. Nearly 4,000 acres of paddy field are under water in the Karen state, and over 38,000 people have been displaced throughout eastern Burma.

Partners is working with the Committee for Internally Displaced People (CIDKP) to respond.

By working together, the groups gave flood victims immediate access to food. Partners sent 117 rice sacks, each weighing over 100 pounds, and CIDKP delivered them.

Right now, Partners and CIDKP are looking for more ways to help. Pray for wisdom and discernment as they decide the best ways to proceed. Pray that flood victims will learn about Christ through the kindness of strangers.

Partners demonstrates God's love to children and families in Burma made vulnerable by war. Their work includes disaster relief, healthcare, agriculture, education, children's homes, weaving, trauma counseling, and sustainability projects. Click here to learn more.

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