After rats infested Chin State, Myanmar, the ELCA sent $10,000 to help.
The Myanmar Lutheran Church is using the funds to provide emergency food to about 1,500 people.
The rats destroyed homes, small animals, rice, vegetable and pineapple crops, even clothing, said James San Aung, mission director for the Myanmar Lutheran Church.
While the U.N. Development Program provided rat traps, many villagers no longer had rice to eat and couldn't afford a bag of rice for $30.
"For us, rats are a nuisance, but there the rats are an environmental hazard that has escalated to the point of crisis," said Megan Bradfield, associate director for ELCA International Development and Disaster Response.
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