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Philippines + 3 others
Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (16 - 22 Sep 2014)

Tropical Storm Fung-Wong in the Philippines wreaked havoc, affecting over 800,000 people, while Typhoon Kalmaegi made landfall in Viet Nam, causing massive floods.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Humanitarian Bulletin Myanmar, Issue 8 | 1 – 30 August 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most displaced children in Rakhine State without adequate access to primary and secondary education.

  • Floods hit Bago, Kachin, Mon, and Rakhine States

  • People displaced by violence in northern Shan State urgently need livelihood support.

  • Women in IDP camps in Rakhine face significant barriers to adequate reproductive health care.

Key FIGURES

-People targeted for humanitarian assistance in Rakhine State*

  • IDPs* 137,000

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GIEWS Country Brief: Myanmar 19-September-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • The 2014 rice production is forecast at a good level

  • Cereal exports forecast to increase in the 2014/15 marketing year (July/June)

  • Prices of rice softened somewhat in August and were close to their levels of a year earlier

  • Food insecurity remains a concern in some areas

The 2014 rice production is forecast at a good level

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Relief items, foodstuffs donated to flood victims in Palauk

Palauk, 20 Sept — A ceremony to donate supply items to flood victims was held in Pyichar Village of Palauk Townshipin Taninthayi Region on 18 September. The Taninthayi Region Minister, the deputy commissioner of the district, departmental officials, NGOs and well-wishers donated 38 bags of rice and foodstuffs worth K794,500. Alinyaungchi (Dawei) Group relief items, KDN Group K1 million and Myeik Sasana Area (Head Office) K500,000 and personal goods to 91 flood victim households.

Palauk IPRD

New Light of Myanmar:

Now a separate source (previously credited as Gov't of Myanmar)

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Myanmar + 1 other
Myanmar refugees give back through MCC

By Rachel Sommer

LANCASTER, Pa. – Before Lar Say moved to Lancaster, Pa., in 2010, she lived in a refugee camp in Thailand for more than two decades.

She and her family became refugees when violence forced them, along with many other members of the Karen ethnic group to which they belong, from their homes in Myanmar, the southeast Asian nation also known as Burma.

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Intimidation, uncertainty mar aid work in Myanmar's Rakhine State

Report
IRIN

Nearly six months after international aid workers fled Rakhine State, international humanitarian aid services remain restricted, despite the needs of hundreds of thousands of people.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back in Myanmar

By Sarnata Reynolds

Since a wave of violence displaced tens of thousands of Rohingya in June 2012, RI has visited Myanmar four times to document their humanitarian situation, publicize their persecution, and demand that the international community pursue a remedy for them as part of the normalization of relations with the Myanmar government. Now RI is returning to the country to push again for progress.

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Thailand + 1 other
Thailand to Allow Foreign Day Laborers Without Passports

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Irrawaddy

By SAW YAN NAING / THE IRRAWADDY|

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Thai authorities plan to put a new rule in place allowing foreign migrant laborers without passports to work in border towns of the Kingdom on a day-to-day basis, in an attempt to reduce the number of migrants who travel on to bigger cities for better paying jobs.

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Tensions Rise as Military Orders Rebels to Disarm in Myawaddy

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Irrawaddy

By LAWI WENG / THE IRRAWADDY

RANGOON — Tensions continue to rise in Karen State’s Myawadday after a local Burma Army commander reportedly ordered some armed Karen rebel groups not to carry weapons or wear uniforms in the Burma-Thai border town.

The news comes just days after the discovery of two small bombs in and around Myawaddy, and follows a temporary blockade of a nearby road by a Karen rebel group last week.

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Karen Rebels, Govt Troops Clash as Peace Talks Loom

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Irrawaddy

By SAW YAN NAING / THE IRRAWADDY|

As Burma’s government and ethnic armed groups prepare to meet for peace talks next week, on-and-off fighting between the Burmese Army and ethnic Karen rebels continues to plague eastern Burma.

The latest clash took place on Sept. 9 in an area controlled by Brigade 5 of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), the military wing of the Karen National Union (KNU), near the Oo Thu Hta region of Karen State’s Papun District.

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Severe floods swamp Shan border

Five residential areas of Tachilek, on the border between Shan State and northern Thailand, were devastated by floods on Wednesday evening. Heavy rains caused nearby mountain streams to overflow and sweep through low-lying towns.

Houses in Talaw , Ponhtwan, Makahohkam, San Sai and Mae Khao in Tachilek town are reportedly submerged in several feet of water, and many stranded civilians were in need of rescue.

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Pakistan + 11 others
The 2014 Rainfall Season: South and East Asia

Highlights

• The dominant feature of the 2014 season across East Asia so far has been widespread rainfall deficits that led to delayed starts of the growing season across vast areas of the continent.

• Conditions were worst around mid July, followed by a general improvement, which still left moderate rainfall deficits as the predominant pattern. SE Pakistan has been the worst affected area, in particular for livelihoods dependent on rainfed agriculture and pastoral resources.

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Myanmar: Internal Displacement in Kachin and northern Shan States (1 August 2014)

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Myanmar: Internal Displacement in Myanmar (1 August 2014)

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Rakhine State to receive K1 billion from presidential reserve fund

Report
Mizzima News

Kay Zue

Development activities in Rakhine State will be allocated more than K1 billion (US$1 million) during the 2014-2015 fiscal year from President U Thein Sein’s presidential reserve fund, the Rakhine State Minister for Social Affairs, Dr Aung Kyaw Min told Mizzima on September 11.

Dr Aung Kyaw Min said the fund would be overseen by Union Vice President Sai Mauk Khan, support development in education, agriculture and fisheries, and be implemented through six working committees.

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World + 52 others
Global emergency overview Snapshot 10–16 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Thailand + 1 other
In Thailand’s refugee camps, a shift in attitudes towards sexual and reproductive health

MAE SOT, Thailand – Visiting a sexual and reproductive health clinic may seem like an ordinary routine for many women. This is not the case for Saba, a 21-year-old mother who has been living in the Mae La refugee camp along Thailand’s border with Myanmar for the last two years.

Covered in a pink and black headscarf, Saba is paying a visit to one of the camp’s sexual productive health clinics operated by the Planned Parenthood Association of Thailand (PPAT) with the support of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

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3 Rohingya Drown After Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Boat

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Irrawaddy

By LAWI WENG

RANGOON — Two women and a man of the Rohingya Muslim minority drowned near the Arakan State capital Sittwe on Friday after they jumped from a boat because police fired rubber bullets at them, a local officer said.

Sittwe Police Col. Tun Oo told The Irrawaddy on Monday that a group of about two dozen Rohingya was travelling on a small boat in an estuary near Sittwe at around 8 pm Friday when a police patrol boat caught sight of them and approached the vessel. He claimed the passengers acted hostile and police were forced to draw their weapons.

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Thailand + 1 other
2013 Nutrition Survey Report to CCSDPT Health Agencies

*The Committee for Coordination of Services to Displaced Persons in Thailand (CCSDPT) is the coordinating committee for 20 NGOs working in nine refugee camps along the Thailand / Myanmar border.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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Thailand + 1 other
Flash Flood in Ban Mai Nai Soi Camp

Heavy rains followed by flash flooding in the early hours of Wednesday 27 August caused significant damage to many sections of Ban Mai Nai Soi camp in Mae Hong Son Province. Homes, NGO and CBO buildings, schools, TBC warehouses, roads and bridges were all affected by the flash flood.

TBC staff immediately visited the camp to support the community, as well as to participate in emergency coordination meetings with KnRC, Thai officials, and UNHCR.