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24 Apr 2017 description

Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye, the Vice Chairman of the National Natural Disaster Management Committee, met residents of Bogale town, Pyapon District and Kyonkan village, Pyapon township yesterday to oversee preparation works and ensure a proper response to natural disasters.

24 Apr 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By NYEIN NYEIN 21 April 2017

The government will convene the regional national-level dialogue in the Shan State capital of Taunggyi from Sunday until Tuesday, April 23-25, but the ethnic-based political dialogue led by the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) remains unable to proceed.

The public consultations for national-level political dialogues—based on region, ethnicity and theme—have been conducted by the government and the signatories of the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) since December 2016.

23 Apr 2017 description
report Oxfam

Mapping of resilience work in Asia

23 Apr 2017 description

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6.8 M funding gap for the Bay Of Bengal Situation

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22 Apr 2017 description

Tropical diseases such as skin diseases, chickenpox, fever, cough and vomiting have recently spread among the people in Maungdaw south, Fir Ahamed, a local villager from Maugdaw said.

“Mostly children of Kan Hpoo village, Udaung village and Aley Than Kyaw village have been suffering from various diseases in this hot season”, he added.

The health workers from the government hospital of Aley Than Kyaw village tract, were not paying attention the effected children who went to the hospital, said Refan, a father of effected child.

21 Apr 2017 description
report Start Network

Emergency aid will be able to reach communities in Bangladesh more quickly through a new local crisis response fund set up by a global network of aid agencies.

The £10 million Start Fund Bangladesh, designed to enabled aid agencies to respond early and fast to under-the-radar emergencies, has been set up by the Start Network and is funded by the UK government.

From this month (April) it can activate funding within 72 hours of receiving a crisis alert, and is accessible to national and international Start Network member NGOs within Bangladesh.

21 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • In the northern part of Rakhine State, WFP assisted 25,500 food-insecure and vulnerable people. The majority of displaced people returned to their villages of origin.

  • WFP successfully completed the second round of disbursements for the e-wallet pilot project in Kachin State, which included three additional camps in March.

  • WFP conducted a mission assessing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for humanitarian preparedness and response.

Operational Updates

21 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • The WFP Bangladesh Country Strategic Plan for 2017 to 2020 was approved by the WFP Executive Board in February in its First Regular Session of 2017. It will replace the Country Programme and Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation starting on 01 April 2017.

21 Apr 2017 description

Over the past seven months Myanmar has experienced a surge in new displacement in four states, while humanitarian organizations simultaneously faced severe constraints on access. Border post attacks on 9 Oct 2016 and subsequent security operations triggered a new humanitarian crisis in northern Rakhine. Intensified conflict resulted in new displacement in Kachin and northern Shan. Thousands were also relocated in Kayin State due to fighting in Sep 2016.

21 Apr 2017 description

After a 17-year-long cease fire, fighting erupted again in Kachin State, northern Myanmar, since 2011. The resumption of hostilities provoked large population displacements, in both government-controlled areas (GCA) and non-government controlled areas (NGCA). In 2011 alone, more than 90,000 were displaced across 142 camps. Due to the intensification of violence since April 2016, 30,000 men, women and children have been newly displaced.

21 Apr 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By SALAI THANT ZIN 20 April 2017

ZALUN, Irrawaddy Division — Nearly 170 houses and a high school have been relocated in two villages in Zalun Township because of erosion to the banks of the Irrawaddy River.

A total of 126 houses and a high school in Gone Nyin Tan village and 43 houses in Atut village have been moved, said the township’s administrator, U Kyaw Naing Tun.

“The banks have been steadily eroded by the river since the last rainy season,” he told The Irrawaddy.

21 Apr 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

The Myanmar government will allow ethnic organizations in Shan state to hold regional-level political discussions on April 23-25 in the run-up to national-level talks, a military official said on Thursday.

But the government has decided not to permit preliminary talks among ethnic Shan groups in the volatile state where some local militias are engaged in hostilities with the national army, said Lieutenant Colonel Sai Nyin, spokesman of the RCSS.

21 Apr 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

Seven of Myanmar’s ethnic armed groups formed a new committee on Wednesday to hold collective talks with the government in anticipation of the next round of nationwide peace negotiations.

20 Apr 2017 description

Editors Note

Greetings fellow ASEANers!

This month’s edition of The Column covers a workshop that the AHA Centre conducted for the Familiarisation of DELSA Stockpile and THE ACT, where we provided training and simulation exercises at the WFP/UNHRD warehouse in Subang, Malaysia. It is the responsibility and function of the AHA Centre to continuously strengthen and deepen the ASEAN’s thinking of disaster management, to ensure that the region has a collective response to disasters.

20 Apr 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

Seven of Myanmar’s ethnic armed groups formed a new committee on Wednesday to hold collective talks with the government in anticipation of the next round of nationwide peace negotiations.

20 Apr 2017 description

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20 April 2017

Joint statement by 22 national and international non-governmental organizations

On the occasion of the third anniversary of the death of U Win Tin, 22 organizations are calling for the immediate release of all individuals detained or imprisoned on fabricated, politically motivated charges, and for the establishment of an independent and effective prisoner review mechanism to bring about an end to arbitrary arrests and detentions in Myanmar.

19 Apr 2017 description
report ACTED

ACTED has been mobilised in the Sud and Grand’Anse departments since hurricane Matthew hit the region on 4 October 2016 to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to affected populations. In all sectors, needs reached high levels: Matthew caused terrible damages, casualties and losses, destroying houses, infrastructure and crops, and leaving 1.4 million Haitians in need of humanitarian assistance.