At a ceremony held at Government House on Monday, humanitarian aid was offered to support the victims of Cyclone Mocha, a devastating storm that affected Myanmar. Ambassador U Chit Swe received the aid on behalf of the Myanmar government.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha expressed solidarity with the affected families and shared his support: “On behalf of the Thai government and its people, I would like to extend encouragement to the families impacted by the cyclone.” He also expressed his hope for Myanmar’s swift recovery following the disaster.
Having made landfall on May 14, Cyclone Mocha tragically claimed the lives of at least 145 people in western Myanmar. The storm, classified as category 5, severely impacted the Rakhine state on the western coast and the Sagaing and Magway regions.
Thailand is working in conjunction with Asean to provide aid, with the first shipment scheduled to reach Yangon International Airport on Tuesday morning.
In a separate development, Pita Limjaroenrat, leader of the Move Forward Party, took to Twitter on Sunday to express support for the people of Myanmar.
In a tweet published in both English and Burmese, Limjaroenrat said: “My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Myanmar today, particularly those who have lost their lives, families, and homes due to Cyclone Mocha.”
He requested the Thai caretaker government and the international community to quickly deliver humanitarian assistance to those affected by the cyclone, prioritizing the most desperately in need. Limjaroenrat’s tweet also outlined his foreign policy agenda as PM-Elect.
The tweet read: “My policies on Myanmar will engage with all stakeholders and focus on human security considerations, which include humanitarian and economic aspects. These policies are designed to promote mutual peace and prosperity for Thailand, Myanmar, Asean, and beyond.”
In summary, the Thai government, Asean, and prominent political figures are joining forces to support Myanmar in its recovery from the catastrophic effects of Cyclone Mocha. With plans for the distribution of humanitarian aid underway, there is hope for the affected people of Myanmar to rebuild their lives and communities in the aftermath of this disaster.