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31 May 2017 description

Operational Summary

October-December 2016: Mass population movements influx from Rakhine State in Myanmar to Cox’s Bazar takes place.

2 January 2017: Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) requests support from its in-country partners to scale-up activities.

17 January 2017: 273,151 Swiss francs allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF).

25-31 January 2017: A joint Movement (BDRCS, IFRC and ICRC) assessment takes place in different areas of Cox’s Bazar district.

31 May 2017 description
report Save the Children

A full picture of the trail of destruction left by Cyclone Mora is beginning to emerge, after the storm made landfall on Tuesday in Bangladesh’s southeast, leaving millions of children’s futures at stake.

“The damage and destruction left by the storm is immense, with trees uprooted, homes and crops destroyed, roads and telecommunications interrupted and a large number of schools damaged,” Save the Children Country Director in Bangladesh, Mark Pierce said.

31 May 2017 description

Tropical Cyclone (TC) Mora made landfall along the southeast coast of Bangladesh near Kutubdia Island between Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar, yesterday, Tuesday 30 May 2017. TC Mora made its landfall as Category 1 cyclone with sustained winds of up to 120 kph with gustiness reaching up to 148 kph. The cyclone brought heavy rains which impacted several states and regions in Myanmar including Rakhine, Chin, Magway, Sagaing and Ayeyarwady. According to the census in 2014, there are 19 million populations in those states and regions.

31 May 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

A senior police official in northern Myanmar’s Kachin state said on Monday that authorities will investigate the deaths of three ethnic Kachin men found murdered after being detained last week by government troops.

Nhkum Gam Awng, 31, Maran Brang Seng, 22, and Labya Naw Hkum, 27, were taken into custody on May 25 by soldiers from infantry unit 319 while returning to their refugee camp after gathering firewood near Hka Pra Yang village, sources told RFA's Myanmar Service.

Their bodies were found three days later in nearby Maikaung village, sources said.

31 May 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Moe Myint 30 May 2017

RANGOON – Cyclone Mora destroyed hundreds of structures and ripped roofs off buildings in Arakan State on Tuesday, including flattening shelters in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs).

There were no immediate reports of casualties and authorities were working to assess the damage, according to Lt-Col Win Naung of Sittwe Township police.

31 May 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Nyein Nyein 30 May 2017

NAYPYIDAW — The inclusion of women in peace talks slightly increased during the second session of the 21st Century Panglong conference with an estimated 20 percent representation, although it has not yet reached the minimum target threshold of 30 percent.

Overall, an estimated 146 of the total 740 delegates (19.73 percent) were women, according to the Alliance for Gender Inclusion in the Peace Process (AGIPP), which published its evaluation paper on Monday.

31 May 2017 description

Cyclone Mora wreaked havoc on Burma’s west coast in the early hours of this morning, leaving a trail of destruction across Arakan and Chin states. An untold number of properties have been damaged or destroyed; however no reports of deaths have been announced.

The cyclone made landfall at 8am in the Arakanese towns of Sittwe, Myebon, Minbya and Kyaukphyu, flattening trees and tearing the rooftops off many houses.

31 May 2017 description

Situation

  • Tropical cyclone MORA continued moving north toward the coastal district of Cox's Bazar (Chittagong divison), strengthening. It made landfall early in the morning close to the city of Kutubdia (Chittagong division) with max. sustained winds between 100-120 km/h. After the landfall it continued moving north over Chittagong division and it reached north-eastern India weakening gradually. Strong winds, storm surge and heavy rainfall affected the coastal areas of Bangladesh and northern coastal areas of Myanmar/Burma.

31 May 2017 description

30 May 2017 (3:00 PM, GMT+6:00): Cyclonic storm Mora has made landfall in Bangladesh’s coastal region at 06.00 this morning, with heavy rains and winds estimated at 117 km/h (73mph). Approximately 2,811,465 people are affected across 12 high-risk coastal districts in Bangladesh. According to government sources, nearly 300,000 people were evacuated yesterday from affected areas on the southern coast and houses and property have been damaged in Cox’s Bazaar. Continued rain is expected which will exacerbate the situation for those whose homes have been destroyed.

30 May 2017 description
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A/HRC/RES/34/22

Geneva, 30 May 2017 -- The President of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Joaquín Alexander Maza Martelli (El Salvador), announced today the appointment of Ms. Indira Jaising (India), Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy (Sri Lanka) and Mr. Christopher Dominic Sidoti (Australia) to serve as the three members of the Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar. Ms. Jaising will serve as Chair of the three-person mission.

30 May 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Cyclone Mora has left a trail of destruction in southern Bangladesh, killing at least three people and flattening homes. Hundreds of thousands of people had to be moved from low-lying coastal areas.

Cyclone Mora lashed Bangladesh's southeast coast early Tuesday, packing storm surges and gusts of more than 135 kilometers (85 miles) per hour, officials said.

The low-lying delta nation had bumped up its weather danger alert to its highest level and moved more than 450,000 people to shelters as the storm approached.

30 May 2017 description

Tropical Cyclone (TC) Mora was first developed on 27 May 2017 in the Bay of Bengal. The TC Mora has been pulled north by upper-level steering winds. On that course, the intensifying cyclone will probably make a landfall later today, Tuesday, 30 May 2017, in the border of Bangladesh and Myanmar as the equivalent of a stronger tropical storm or a low-end Category 1 cyclone, according to the ASEAN Disaster Monitoring and Response System (DMRS). At its peak, it will carry sustained winds of up to 120 kph with gustiness reaching up to 148 kph.

30 May 2017 description

Peace in Burma “is starting to take tangible form for the first time,” State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi said in upbeat closing remarks at the second iteration of the 21st Century Panglong Conference on Monday in Naypyidaw, where delegates agreed to 37 out of 41 points of discussion over the past six days.

30 May 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Nyein Nyein

NAYPYIDAW – The stakeholders’ negotiations at the Union Peace Conference (UPC) “mark a significant step” toward future democratic federalism, said the State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the closing ceremony of the second 21st Century Panglong in Naypyidaw.

29 May 2017 description
  • Tropical Cyclone MORA formed over the central Bay of Bengal on 27 May. It then moved north toward Bangladesh, intensifying. On 29 May at 0.00 UTC, its centre was located approx. 500 km south-west of Cox's Bazar town (Chittagong division, Bangladesh) and had max. sustained wind speed of 93 km/h (Tropical Storm).
29 May 2017 description

Khin Khin Saw stands out from a group of chatting women in Baw Du Pha-1 camp. She has determination in her eyes and does not shy away from sharing her story with us. For the past five years, BdP camp has been her home, where she lives with her six children. Making a living is difficult, and not being able to always feed her children when they are hungry, keeps her awake at night.