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25 Nov 2015 description

I. Background

  • The all 9 townships of Chin state have been affected by landslide. 4 townships from Mindat district in Southern Chin state and 5 townships from Hakha and Falam district in Northern Chin state.

  • Totally, 5 people died. Some Cows and Buffalos also died and missed. 55 schools, 28 religious buildings, 38 others buildings, 2 small dam, 303 bridges and 6039 acres of farming lands have been damaged around Chin state.

25 Nov 2015 description

Myanmar: Update on Red Cross flood response

In August, torrential rains and the offshore approach of cyclone Komen caused devastating floods and landslides in Myanmar.

The disaster displaced almost 1.7 million people and took the lives of 132, according to the Myanmar government. Half a million houses and 1.15 million acres of farmland were damaged, forcing the replanting of some 495,000 acres of crops, with serious consequences for the livelihoods of thousands of families.

24 Nov 2015 description

In 2015, in Myanmar, about 235,000 persons are estimated to be affected by conflict and displaced from their original living area for more than three years. These affected communities mostly reside in two different parts of the country, Kachin and Rakhine States, where SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL intervenes. Our teams met with affected people from these two States.

24 Nov 2015 description

Somalia: Flooding has affected 132,000 people and displaced an estimated 60,000 as low-lying areas of Mogadishu have now been inundated, as well as areas of Middle Shabelle and Lower Juba. Main supply roads are impassable and some airstrips unusable The middle and lower reaches of the Shabelle River remain at high risk of flooding.

24 Nov 2015 description
report UNAIDS

Countries adopt UNAIDS Fast-Track Strategy to double number of people on life-saving HIV treatment by 2020

An estimated 15.8 million people are now on HIV treatment, a doubling from five years ago, as countries adopt the UNAIDS Fast-Track Strategy using data to fine-tune delivery of HIV prevention and treatment services to reach people being left behind

24 Nov 2015 description

Western Balkans - Refugee crisis
• Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have applied restrictions to the number of nationalities eligible to enter their territory.
• Figures confirm a sharp decrease in the number of transit (from 7000-8000 to 4000-5000 average daily).

Afghanistan - Earthquake
• 22 November - Earthquake magnitude 5.9 M occurred in Badakhshan province.

23 Nov 2015 description

Recurrent earthquakes, floods, typhoons, and volcanoes present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Some countries also face civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts, as well as limited government capacity to respond to disasters. Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.

23 Nov 2015 description

By Mandy George, IFRC

For the past three days the Myanmar Red Cross Society has been supporting local authorities and the military to retrieve bodies of people killed in the deadly landslide which occurred in Hpakant, a jade mining community in Myanmar's northern Kachin state. Most of the victims of the landslide, which happened around 3am on 21 November, were buried beneath a huge heap of waste material that had been deposited by local mines on a mountainside.

22 Nov 2015 description

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) together with an international NGO, Search for Common Ground (SFCG), is developing a training package for communities to strengthen local level social cohesion in 6 states in Myanmar – Chin, Kachin, Kayin, Kayah, Mon and Shan.

The training package includes topics such as the ingredients of social cohesion in Myanmar; identity, stereotypes and prejudices; conflict analysis and conflict sensitivity, using a range of interactive methods such as role-plays and group-work.

20 Nov 2015 description

Fresh fighting has broken out between government forces and rebel groups in Burma’s northern Kachin State.

It is the latest in a series of attacks since a 17-year ceasefire ended in 2011.

Concern is growing for Kachin children, as many have been unable to attend school in recent days.

In Kachin State, school enrollment rates currently sit at less than 27 percent.

Continuing conflict has prevented children from accessing the most basic services, as many schools have been closed across the state.

20 Nov 2015 description
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Up to 6,000 people remain displaced following fighting in southern Shan State which began on 6 October. Armed conflict has continued since then and has reportedly caused both new and secondary displacement of civilians in the area. Those displaced are staying in monasteries and temporary sites. The situation remains fluid and confirmed figures for all locations are not yet available.

20 Nov 2015 description
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Yolanda showed us that the way we build houses needs to be stronger. These are 8 key messages on how to repair your house and build back safer.

20 Nov 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Mariana Palavra

*Despite the recent signing of a ceasefire between the Government of Myanmar and representatives of eight ethnic armed groups, an estimated 1.8 million children are not covered by the agreement, particularly those living in areas of Kachin and northern Shan states, where continued conflicts prevent children from accessing basic services.

The National League for Democracy recently won Myanmar’s first free elections in 25 years. When the new government assumes office early next year, it will face one of the longest-running civil conflicts in the world.

20 Nov 2015 description
report UN News Service

19 November 2015 – In a telephone conversation with Myanmar’s President Thein Sein today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on all sides to cooperate in addressing the South-East Asian country’s major challenges following the opposition’s election victory this month.

19 Nov 2015 description

The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany granted 500 000 Euro support to the International Red Cross Society to finance the project “ICRC – Physical Rehabilitation in Myanmar 2015".

The project activities shall mostly focused on improvement of the living conditions of the affected population in Kachin State, Rakhine State and Shan State.

19 Nov 2015 description
report UN General Assembly


Seventieth Session, 49th Meeting (PM)

By one of three draft resolutions the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) approved today, the General Assembly would welcome the peaceful and competitive conduct of the elections held in Myanmar on 8 November 2015, but express serious concern over political disenfranchisement and the disqualification of candidates from the Rohingya community and religious and ethnic minorities.