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24 Oct 2016 description


On 19 October, Category 4 Typhoon Haima (locally named Lawin) made landfall in Cagayan province. After landfall, the storm left a broad path of debris, causing flooding and landslides, and damaging about 46,000 houses. As of 24 October, authorities have confirmed eight fatalities and approximately 159,000 people remain displaced (38,000 people are staying inside evacuation centres and 121,000 people outside of evacuation centres). The Government is leading the humanitarian response and has declined an offer of international assistance.

14 Oct 2016 description

(Yangon, 14 October 2016) - Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, concluded his three-day mission to Myanmar today. His trip took place shortly after the outbreak of violence in the northern part of Rakhine State and at a time of escalating armed clashes in Kachin. He expressed deep concern regarding recent developments and called for all sides to find peaceful ways to resolve differences rather than choosing the path of violence.

07 Oct 2016 description


  • More than 200 people killed or injured by landmines since the start of 2015.

  • Approx. half a million people temporarily displaced by annual floods.

  • Earthquake preparedness stepped-up in Yangon.

  • New restrictions on access in Kachin and Shan States.

  • The benefits of shifting to cash assistance in Myanmar.

  • NGOs supported through Myanmar Humanitarian Fund.

  • New online platform for tracking World Humanitarian Summit commitments.

04 Oct 2016 description

As of 30 September 2016, UN-coordinated appeals and refugee response plans within the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) require US$22 billion to meet the needs of 95 million humanitarian crisis-affected people in 40 countries. Together the appeals are funded at $9.4 billion, leaving a shortfall of $12.6 billion.

03 Oct 2016 description


On 27 September, Typhoon Megi, made landfall in Taiwan Province of China killing four people and injuring over 160 people. Megi caused power outages which affected over 3 million houses – the worst disruption of electrical supply in Taiwan Province of China since Typhoon Soudelor in 2015 (which cut power to more than 4 million houses).

30 Sep 2016 description

The Humanitarian News Digest is a monthly compilation of links to reports, web stories, press releases, and other public products published online by organizations with humanitarian operations in Myanmar. The content and views expressed in these publications do not necessarily reflect the views of OCHA.

26 Sep 2016 description


Since 18 September, torrential rainfall has caused flooding, mud flows and landslides in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. As of 22 September (09:00, UTC+8), 14 deaths were confirmed and nine people were reported missing while an additional 5,400 people were temporarily relocated. 81,000 people across 28 counties and 13 cities in the two provinces have been affected, including over 8,000 people who need immediate assistance. Local disaster management authorities have provided relief assistance to the affected communities.

01 Sep 2016 description

As of 31 August 2016, UN-coordinated appeals and refugee response plans as covered by the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) require US$21.7 billion to meet the needs of 95.4 million people affected by humanitarian crises in 40 countries. Global requirements are adjusted throughout the year as response plans are revised, both upwards and downwards, to reflect up-to-date needs.
The current decrease has resulted from revisions of plans for Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Yemen.

30 Aug 2016 description
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220,000 people remain displaced in camps and host communities as a result of armed conflict and inter-communal violence in Kachin, northern Shan and Rakhine States.


493,000 people affected by floods in July-August 2016. Displaced people are gradually returning home as flood waters recede.

29 Aug 2016 description
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On 24 August, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit central Myanmar, killing three people and damaging buildings including more than 100 pagodas. The epicenter of the quake was 25 kilometres west of Chauk, 207 kilometres north-west of Nay Pyi Daw. Due to its location in a sparsely populated area and at a depth of 84 kilometres, the humanitarian impact of the quake was low.

25 Aug 2016 description

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake killed three people and damaged buildings, including dozens of pagodas, across central Myanmar late yesterday, 24 August. The epicenter of the quake was 25 kilometres W of Chauk, 59 kilometres NNW of Yenangyaung, 70 kilometres SW of Pakkoku, and 207 kilometres NW of Nay Pyi Daw and the depth was 84 kilometres. The quake was also felt across southern Myanmar and as far away as Bangkok in Thailand and Dhaka in Bangladesh.

24 Aug 2016 description

I am saddened by the reports of lives lost and damage caused by earthquakes today in Italy and Myanmar, and wish to convey my condolences to the peoples and governments of both countries.

In Italy, Accumoli, Amatrice and other towns in the Central Appennines were struck early this morning by a 6M earthquake and two major aftershocks, with local sources reporting that up to 60 people have been killed and 150 remain unaccounted for. Some 2,500 people are reported to have been displaced. National responders are leading the response effort.