Heavy monsoon rainfall has led to massive flooding in Myanmar, leaving scores dead and many more seeking shelter.
Sagaing and Magwe divisions near Bagan have been severely affected, with many villages under water and the only access by boat.
Lines such as Pandaw, Abercrombie & Kent and Haimark Ltd are using their resources to help as many locals as they can.
It is the worst flood in 100 years. About 210,000 people are affected and four areas in the country are declared disaster zones, with many others cut off by high waters or damaged roads.
Pandaw will dispatch its ship Kalay Pandaw, laden with 100 tonnes of rice and a full medical team from its charity, Pandaw Clinics.
There is a network of eight clinics available to those in need.
The Kalay, which has a draft of only 76cm, will be able to penetrate inland areas to deliver food and medical aid.
As Pandaw said: “We have the ships, team and generous supporters to be able to be the first in and the last out.”
Paul Strachan, the founder and owner, told Travel Weekly that past guests of Pandaw have been “generous with their support”.
A&K has mobilised a team in Myanmar to deliver essential supplies to flood-affected areas.
Sujata Ramen, A&K’s managing director, said: “Thanks to our regional network and the presence of our office on the ground in Yangon, A&K can swiftly deliver relief where it’s most needed.”
Haimark Ltd’s first sailing in Myanmar won’t be until later this month, but the line is asking its passengers to bring personal hygiene items for donation, which will then be transported to flood-affected areas.
Pandaw is appealing to readers to help the people of Myanmar in their moment of need.
Log in to www.pandaw.com. Under emergency appeal, click on the button “donate now”.
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