Disaster Management is one of MRCS’s core activity areas. While Myanmar is not known for being highly prone to disasters, the devastating effects of Cyclone Nargis in May 2008 which ravaged the Ayeyarwady and Yangon divisions, and Cyclone Giri that hit Rakhine State in October 2010, emphasized the need to maintain country-wide response mechanisms. Rural areas, some unreachable by modern transportation methods, are the most vulnerable to disasters. The Red Cross aims to prepare these vulnerable communities through our 250,000+ volunteer network, training villagers, assessing their resource needs, and giving them support and guidance from headquarters.
As one of the first responders during Cyclone Nargis in 2008, Cyclone Giri in 2010, and the Tarlay Earthquake in 2011, MRCS has and will always strive to provide the fastest care to hardest-hit communities. Please explore this section to learn more about our ongoing DM programs.