Ooredoo has offered support to those affected in Myanmar’s 11 national disaster zones following severe seasonal flooding.
Additionally, Ooredoo Myanmar has launched a SMS crisis-code, “Help Myanmar,” which invites customers to donate their credit balance, or part thereof, to flood victims.
“Help Myanmar” will provide immediate and long term aid to flood-affected people and regions. In all, 11 out of 14 regions in Myanmar have been impacted by extreme weather conditions resulting in flooding and landslides. Homes, workplaces and schools have been destroyed, and Ooredoo has pledged its commitment to supporting the reconstruction of educational facilities in cooperation with the Ministry of Rescue and Resettlement.
H.E. Sheikh Abdulla Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al-Thani, Chairman of Ooredoo, commented: “We are deeply concerned for those who have been affected by this severe flooding and are working to help ease their burden during this critical time. Besides providing essential support, we are working diligently to minimise network disruptions to help ensure that we can continue to provide a vital lifeline to affected communities. We hope that the situation improves soon and flood waters recede so that recovery work can begin as quickly as possible.”
Ooredoo Myanmar is utilising its nationwide network of employees, dealers, and distributors to assess local conditions and needs. The firm intends to directly distribute food, water, medicine, blankets and assist with the provision of temporary shelter to the communities that it can safely access. For inaccessible regions, the company will make the same donations to local authorities for their distribution.
The operator provided support of over 20 million MMK in two affected states earlier this week and is making donations in other flood affected regions of up to US$170,000. Ooredoo Group has pledged to match this donation with an additional US$200,000 to contribute to reconstruction efforts after flood waters recede.
When this happens, the additional US$370,000 donation will also support clean-up and rebuilding efforts. This contribution will be made to local authorities and directed to reconstruction efforts in affected states. Specific needs per state are to be assessed with Ooredoo’s dedicated taskforce and local authorities.