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Myanmar: Humanitarian lifeline cut following violence against aid agencies in Rakhine

Hundreds of thousands of people are finding it difficult to access basic services such as health care following the emergency relocation of up to 300 aid workers from Myanmar’s Rakhine State. More than 1,000 humanitarian staff have been forced to stop working following an outbreak of violence in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine, on 26 and 27 March.

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CERF Quarterly Update - January - March 2014

The largest allocations were provided to address critical needs in CAR and South Sudan. The donor community has contributed $220.7 million to CERF so far for 2014, one of the largest amounts since its launch in 2006.

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Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 9-15 April 2014

More than 9,000 people remain displaced in Honiara, and 50,000 more are affected, 12 days after severe flooding devastated Honiara and greater Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.

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Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 1-8 April 2014

Flash flooding in the Solomon Islands has left 23 people dead and many more still missing. Heavy rainfall in China has also caused 14 deaths and massive evacuations.

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Hundreds of thousands of people severely affected by disruption of humanitarian assistance in Rakhine State, Myanmar [EN/MY]

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(Yangon, 2 April 2014): Humanitarian operations in Rakhine State have been interrupted after attacks on UN and NGO premises in Sittwe one week ago led to the relocation of more than 170 staff and severe damage to more than a dozen humanitarian premises. Life-saving assistance to displaced people, isolated villages, and Rakhine communities have been seriously disrupted. The provision of water, health services, food, and protection are of particular concern.

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Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 25 - 31 March 2014

In Vanuatu, 11 fatalities have been confirmed after flash floods and landslides. In Sri Lanka, drought affecting 247,000 families prompts preparations for a needs assessment.

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Myanmar: IDP Sites in Kachin and northern Shan States (31 Jan 2014)

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Cross-line aid mission reaches isolated communities in Kachin

It is early morning in the town of Myitkyina, in far north Myanmar’s Kachin State. The first light of dawn is breaking as final preparations for the cross-line mission into the non-government areas (NGA) of Kachin, are being made.

Eleven trucks loaded with pulses, cooking oil, salt, nutrition supplements and cooking stoves sit idling as aid workers from five UN agencies and two NGOs prepare for the 100 kilometre journey to the town of Laiza, near the border with China.

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Communications with Communities March Newsletter

Typhoon Haiyan Response

Typhoon Haiyan destroyed or damaged an estimated 1 million homes across the Eastern and Western Visayas Regions of the central Philippines. One hundred days on from the devastating storm, the most pressing needs in the affected areas are for durable shelter and the restoration of livelihoods.

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Asia-Pacific Humanitarian Bulletin 2013

The year was marked by 137 natural disasters in the region, compared with 93 separate events in 2012. The number of people killed by disasters was almost six times higher.

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Myanmar: Humanitarian Bulletin, Issue 2 | 1 - 28 February 2014 [EN/MY]

People in Rakhine state continue to face serious movement restrictions, making it difficult for them to access essential services and engage in livelihoods activities.

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Myanmar: Humanitarian Bulletin, Issue 1 | 1 – 31 January 2014

Some families live in two-year-old makeshift shelters, which are in dire need of renovation, while 290 newly displaced families stay in emergency tents in freezing temperatures.

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Myanmar: Humanitarian Funding Update (31 December 2013)

In 2013, the United Nations and partners appealed for $160 million for the humanitarian response in Rakhine and Kachin states. Funding enabled aid agencies to provide assistance to 180,000 displaced and vulnerable people in Rakhine State, who remain affected by the inter-communal violence that broke out in June 2012. In Kachin, 100,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) and 20,000 people in communities hosting IDPs, needed relief in 2013 as a result of ongoing conflict. Funds were also used to support durable solutions for affected communities, and to build resilience.

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Myanmar: Humanitarian Bulletin, Issue 10 | 1 – 31 December 2013

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Inter-communal tensions and movement restrictions in Rakhine leave many with minimal access to livelihoods and basic services.

  • New complaints mechanism for IDPs in camps in Rakhine

  • Recent study shows major gaps in post-primary education for IDPs in Rakhine.

  • Many civilians in need of humanitarian assistance following armed clashes in Kachin in November.

  • Humanitarian appeals for Myanmar were 72% funded at the end of 2013.

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CERF 2013 Summary

Member States and the private sector contributed $474 million to CERF for 2013—the highest-ever annual total. An additional $6.7 million was pledged and remains outstanding.

CERF received more than $502 million in contributions during 2013, including payments for 2012 and early funding for 2014. See table on the right for more details.

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CERF Quarterly Update - October-December 2013

CERF and its partners were challenged by a series of large, complex crises in the Central African Republic, the Philippines, Syria and Yemen, affecting 35 million people.

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Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot, 21-27 January, 2014

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Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos - Statement on Myanmar

(Geneva, 23 January 2014) I am deeply concerned about reports of alarming levels of violence, including the killing of many civilians and a policeman, in Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar.

I ask the Government of Myanmar to take all necessary measures to ensure the full protection of all civilians and to enable safe and continued access by humanitarian staff to the affected areas in order to assess needs and provide emergency assistance to all those affected by the recent violence.

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Myanmar: 3W (Shelter) in Rakhine State IDP Camps, As of November 2013

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Myanmar: 3W (NFIs) in Rakhine State IDP Camps, As of November 2013

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