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01 Jun 2016 description

PERSONNEL from of the Northwest Command teamed up with local people to clear obstructions from the 150-foot Dun-Rapel Self-Reliance Village-to-Village Motorway on Wednesday, 25 May.

The motorway has been reopened. A landslide caused by heavy rain blocked the motorway near Longle Village in Htantalan Township, Chin State, forcing transportation to come to a halt in the second quarter of May. —Office of the Commander of Defence Services

01 Jun 2016 description

Government formed a Central Committee for the Implementation of Peace and Development in Rakhine State with State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as chairperson yesterday.

The central committee includes 20 cabinet ministers, according to an announcement from the President’s Office.

31 May 2016 description
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Myanmar regularly experiences cyclones, storm surges, floods, landslides, earthquakes, drought and forest fires. Over the last 10 years, Myanmar has been impacted by two major earthquakes, three severe cyclones, floods and other smaller-scale hazards. OCHA works closely with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement and humanitarian partners to ensure a more systematic, inclusive and coordinated approach to disaster management, preparedness and response.

31 May 2016 description

FAO, with funding from the Central Emergency Response Fund, provided emergency livelihood support to 10 000 flood-affected households (around 50 000 individuals) in Sagaing region, Myanmar. Beneficiaries have received livestock and agricultural inputs in advance of the next rainy season. Landless families received either two piglets or ten chickens each, including vaccines and feed for two months. Farming families received agricultural and home gardening kits, including fertilizer, farming tools and vegetable seeds.

30 May 2016 description

LANDSLIDE victims from four villages in Falam Township will be relocated to proposed residential areas that do not overlap with proposed location for a 16-acre sports complex or with a site chosen for the construction of a high school, said Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye in yesterday’s Amyotha Hluttaw session.

30 May 2016 description

This week, health ministers from around the world are convening in Geneva for the annual World Health Assembly (WHA). Among other public health topics, delegates will review and discuss the latest global polio epidemiology. The GPEI has set up a WHA-specific polio website, with the key documents that are guiding discussions.

30 May 2016 description
report Bangkok Post

While farmers pray that rainfall will return to normal this year, consumers brace for higher food prices and reduced quality resulting from the worst drought in decades.

This depleted water retrenchment pond in Wiset Chai Chan district of Ang Thong was one of the many casualties of Thailand's protracted dry season.

30 May 2016 description

The rainy season in Myanmar last year caused serious flooding. Since then, volunteers of Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation had distributed rice seeds in Yangon Region's Hmawbi and Taikkyi townships. In mid-May, Tzu Chi volunteers also traveled to Sagaing's Kalay township to visit poor villages. While there, we distributed rice, blankets, and relief aid to the farmers in need.

30 May 2016 description

As part of the effort to speed up the nationwide water supply project, KBZ’s Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation (BFM) has provided water bowsers to local non-governmental organizations to bolster local voluntary societies.

A 3,000-gallon water bowser was given to a town elder in Hakha, Chin State, through the local Kanbawza Bank branch on 26 May for use in supplying drinking water to local people.

BFM also gave a 3,000-gallon bowser to a town elder in Falam, Chin State.

29 May 2016 description

Key messages

  • The Rohingya crisis is a human rights crisis with serious humanitarian consequences. In Myanmar/Burma, the Rohingya have very limited access to basic services and viable livelihood opportunities due to strict movement restrictions. The legal status and the discrimination that these stateless people face must be addressed.

29 May 2016 description
report International Alert

Workshops promote responsible business practices

International Alert has contributed to a two-day workshop with the private sector in Myanmar exploring how the adoption of responsible business practices is crucial to supporting sustainable development in the country.

28 May 2016 description

COLOMBIA

• Heavy rain has been affecting western and centralwestern areas of the country over the past few days causing floods and landslides.

• Media reported at least 100 houses damaged in Valle del Cauca and Antioquia departments.

• Over the next 24 h more heavy rain is forecast for the already affected areas of the country.

IDEAM, NOAA, Local Media

SRI LANKA, INDIA, BANGLADESH, MYANMAR/BURMA

• TC ROANU caused widespread damage and casualties in several countries.

28 May 2016 description

Hundreds of refugees who survived the 2015 boat crisis in South East Asia have been locked up in poor conditions in Malaysia ever since, Amnesty International said, following a visit to the country to investigate the fate of people one year on.

After harrowing footage of desperate refugees and migrants stranded at sea was beamed around the world last May, Malaysia agreed to accept 1,100 people. Almost 400 of those were identified as Rohingya refugees – people fleeing persecution in Myanmar. One year on, the majority of the Rohingya remain in Malaysia’s Belantik detention centre.

27 May 2016 description
report Guardian

Hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh are being held in a Malaysian detention centre – despite nominally being freed 12 months ago

Patrick Kingsley Migration correspondent

Hundreds of trafficking victims from Myanmar and Bangladesh remain detained in Malaysia a year after being rescued from near-certain death at sea during the Asian migration crisis.

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27 May 2016 description

Two emergency motions over disaster-related damage to transportation infrastructure and public property in Kachin State were put on record at the Pyithu Hluttaw yesterday.

U Zone Teint of the Chiphwe constituency tabled a motion calling for prompt repair of a road linking Chiphwe and Hsawtlaw townships. Some sections of the road were damaged in recent torrential rain, he said.

27 May 2016 description

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
• Heavy rain has been affecting several areas of the country, especially the northern provinces, over the past few days, causing floods and landslides.
• As of 25 May, 1 550 people were displaced and over 520 houses were partially or fully damaged. Media also reported one dead in Santiago.
• Over the next 24 h moderate to locally heavy rain may still affect Dominican Republic, especially the areas already affected.

26 May 2016 description

Attacks on Health Care

Attacks on health care in emergency situations disrupt the delivery of essential health services, endanger care providers, deprive people of urgently needed medical attention, and undermine our long term health development goals.

WHO collaborates closely with others to better understand the problem, bring attention to the issue, and find solutions that can prevent attacks; protect health facilities, workers, transport and supplies; and ensure the continued provision of health care despite such attacks.