We arrived in Minbya, Rakhine State on Friday at around 3 pm after an hour and a half car journey across flat land. We had a family in the taxi with us. A young daughter and man sat in the back while the lady sat next to Van. Van closed her eyes 90% of the way. It was bumpy and so hot.
We then got a small boat across the river. It was maybe 15 ft long by 3 ft wide. By any account, it didn't seem seaworthy as the man was bailing out water until the last possible moment. Our guide entered first, then me, then Van. I sat at the back of the boat. It was very close to the water level. It only lasted 7 minutes.
Then we got a motorbike bus truck to Minbya where we went to the Minbya Public Centre which was the headquarters for the flood relief. We met the lady who was in the back of the taxi to Myebon. She showed us a hand drawn map of the area in need of relief. The problem is that only 30% of it is accessible by car and it costs $100 USD per day for a boat. So it will take 4 days to charter a boat, and the food and water supplies sent are cheaper than the boat hire.
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