Earthquake: March 29 UpdateOverview
On March 24, 2011 a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the region of Shan State in Myanmar, near the borders of Thailand and Laos. The earthquake was reported to have lasted 3 minutes, and was felt in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, China, and Vietnam. More than 70 people have been killed, with more than 100 injured and hundreds of homes destroyed.
The most affected area is in Tarchilek district—in particular, Tarlay and Mong Lin townships have suffered significant damage and loss of life. The total population of these two townships is 15,593.
The Government has established a relief response committee in Tarlay. The Relief and Resettlement Department is the lead government agency coordinating the government’s efforts. World Vision is targeting 1,750 households in 30 of the most affected villages. World Vision has worked in Myanmar since 1991 and has previous experience responding to disasters there, having launched a large-scale response after Cyclone Nargis devastated the Irrawaddy Delta in 2008.
World Vision works with more than 500 children in its development programs in Tarlay and is continuing to physically verify the safety of all of them. Some families have left the area for fear of further earthquakes and because their houses have been damaged. To date, World Vision has not received reports of any deaths of children in its programs.
Drinking Water: Access to drinking water has been significantly disrupted, with many pipes, tanks, and wells damaged by the earthquake. As a result, 96 cases of diarrhea were documented on March 28 in 3 villages in Nar Yaung.
Temporary Shelter: For people with damaged or destroyed houses, temporary shelters in the form of tents and tarpaulins are essential. This is especially urgent as the area continues to experience cold and rainy weather.
World Vision Response
8 Child-Friendly Spaces (CFS) have been established, offering education, nutrition and psychosocial support to children who have been affected by the earthquake. Each CFS can support up to 100 children.