Five years on from Cyclone Nargis - Staying connected

30 May 2013   |   Blog   |   Myanmar   |   Long-term Development   |   Emergency Relief

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Emergency Centre in Tayoke Kone village, Burma.

Rosemary Pikko, Emergency Coordinator of KMSS, recently spoke with Mr Shne Nay Lin Aung, president of the Village Disaster Management Committee in Tayoke Kone in Burma/ Myanmar.

In their discussion about the progress of the community since Cyclone Nargis in 2008, Mr Shne Nay Lin Aung particularly highlighted how having access to telephones has been useful to the community.

Tayoke Kone was among one of the key villages to receive a telephone during the KMSS Cyclone Nargis Response Project. Unlike today where phones are gradually becoming more available in rural areas, in 2008 there were only a few phones in each village. “That phone was our lifeline in the years after Nargis,” he said.

“It helped in so many ways to stay connected and get up to the minute weather reports. We could get a weather report and then share with the community and advise not to go out to fields or not to go to market due to a storm coming, or to go and call farmers in the field to come back home if a storm was coming. The phone helped so much to allay fear and help us feel like we could prepare in better ways!”

That phone was our lifeline in the years after Nargis."

Shne Nay Lin Aung went on to explain how this phone has helped in many more ways. “We can get the up-to-date price from the local market. Our main livelihood is fish, crab, and shrimp product. We can find out the current price, and if it’s not a good price then we keep our livestock here until the next day and then we can know the right time to bring all our product together to be sold.”

Read more:
Cyclone Nargis and Caritas' response
Five years on from Cyclone Nargis [Blog: 6 May 2013]
Five years on from Cyclone Nargis - Shne Nay Lin Aung's story [Blog: 13 May 2013]

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