The report summarizes the technical content of the workshop, highlights key principles, lessons and way forward. The workshop was jointly organized by UNICEF and the SUN Movement Secretariat, aimed to accelerate the efforts of Asian countries in the SUN movement to increase the dialogue and alignment among sectors by reporting on multi-sectoral nutrition budgets and costs of multi-sectoral nutrition plans, addressing the issue of decentralized public finance, and contributing to making the investment case for nutrition.
Due to funding constraints, the PRRO 200787 supporting refugees has substituted Super Cereal with rice in July.
The upgrade of the Humanitarian Staging Area (HSA) at the Tribhuvan International Airport is ongoing, with a projected finish date of mid-September. The HSA helped WFP save time in responding to the 2015 earthquake and will help with emergency preparedness activities.
There is agreement in the scientific community that the global food system will experience unprecedented pressure in the coming decades – demographic changes, urban growth, environmental degradation, increasing disaster risk, food price volatility, and climate change will all affect food security patterns.
As of 4 August, 18 districts were affected by floods and landslides – Sarpang, Chukha and Samtse districts were the worst hit.
The Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs has instructed all the Dzongkhag Administrations to carry out detailed damage assessments including economic loss estimates within two weeks.
The Royal Government of Bhutan is leading the relief efforts.
No formal request for international support has been issued by the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs.
From 1 to 31 July, torrential monsoon rains caused severe flooding and landslides in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal affecting millions of people and destroying thousands of homes. Disaster management authorities are leading the local response supported by the national Red Cross and Red Crescent, volunteers and civil society organizations.
On 13 June, the Nepal Food Security Monitoring System (NeKSAP), a food security monitoring system, was handed over to the Government of Nepal. The Government will now lead and take ownership of NeKSAP with continuing support from WFP.
The Government of Nepal has requested for WFP’s assistance to respond to a drought in the isolated Karnali zone, located in the north-west of the country.
Torrential monsoon rains and flooding across Bhutan affected 125 households. Four deaths (including one child) were confirmed by authorities.
Providing immediate relief assistance to affected communities and ensuring safety for people in high risk areas remain priorities of the Government of Bhutan.
On 29 July, the Government briefed development partners on the ongoing flood response.
By Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia
The first South Asia School Feeding Meeting is to be held in Bhutan to facilitate knowledge management and implementation of capacity development on school feeding.
The Ministry of Health formed an inter-ministerial National Nutrition Taskforce, of which WFP is a member, to accelerate the nutrition agenda in Bhutan.
Message from the Director
Torrential monsoon rains, since 19 July, triggered flash floods in several southern districts of Bhutan.
In Sarpang District, the flash floods affected over 200 people (including 64 women and 108 children). No casualties have been reported.
The Government is leading the response. Key needs include emergency shelter, food, water and mosquito nets.
The Dzongkhag Administration and national authorities evacuated people in high risk areas and provided immediate relief to affected families.
A massive flooding has occurred in Sarpang town on 20 July 2016 after the Sarpang river level rose beyond its bank due to the continuous downpour since 19 July in the Dzongkhag.
All 52 shops were evacuated to higher grounds with support from Dzongkhag officials and volunteers on the same day.
No casualties have been reported.
The Gelephu – Sarpang highway that is located above the town was also washed away.
Description of disaster
◾Bhutanese refugees who do not wish to resettle in a third country have requested the Nepal government's support to be able to return to Bhutan. At a press conference on 16 July, the Chairman of the Bhutanese Refugee Repatriation Committee appealed to the Nepal government to coordinate with Bhutan for their repatriation.
The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world, with frequently occurring natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions affecting millions of people every year.
Bangkok, 7 July 2016 – The European Commission is making available € 12.3 million to strengthen the capacity of disaster-prone countries across Asia and the Pacific to prepare for and protect themselves from recurring natural disasters. Almost half of the world’s natural disasters last year occurred in Asia and the Pacific, causing large-scale losses of lives and assets.
General inflation in the region was estimated at 3.3 percent, and food price inflation was at 6.5 percent in May compared to one year ago.
In China, to respond to high pork prices, the Government took measures to stabilize pork supply by releasing 3 050 MT pork reserves in the market and subsidized up to US 1.40 per kg sold to both abattoirs and vendors.