- UNICEF: Humanitarian Situation Report 5 (as of 27 Aug 2015)
- WFP: Emergency Response to Floods - Situation Report (as of 24 Aug 2015)
- National Natural Disaster Management Committee: Situation Report No.3 (as of 24 Aug 2015)
Appeals & Funding
- IFRC: Emergency Appeal Operations Update n° MDRMM006
- UNICEF: Appeal for flooding disaster (as of 18 Aug 2015)
- Emergency Response Fund (ERF) in 2015 PDF XLS
- OCHA Initial Flood Response Plan (August to December 2015)
- UNHCR Supplementary Appeal: Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea Initiative, Jun-Dec 2015
- IOM Appeal Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea Crisis
Heavy rains have caused floods and landslides in several parts of Myanmar since June 2015. On 30 July, Cyclone Komen made landfall in Bangladesh, bringing strong winds and additional heavy rains to the country, which resulted in widespread flooding across 12 of the country’s 14 states and regions (Ayeyarwady, Bago, Chin, Kachin, Kayin, Magway, Mandalay, Mon, Rakhine, Sagaing, Shan Yangon).
On 31 July, the President declared Chin and Rakhine states, and Magway and Sagaing regions as natural disaster zones.
(Yangon, 27 August 2015): Four weeks after devastating floods hit large swathes of Myanmar, many communities in the delta region are still under water. They can only be reached by boat, surviving on government and international support, as well as on donations that all walks of society have offered in a remarkable outpouring of solidarity and generosity.
CHANGES IN CONTEXT (SINCE JANUARY 2015)
In Kachin and northern Shan states, the number of displaced people increased to over 100,000 due to resumption of conflict in some areas. The protracted nature of the displacement, compounded by disruption of cross-line missions in the first half of 2015, has led to renewed humanitarian needs and increased vulnerability. Increased advocacy with the Government for sustained access to areas beyond the Government control remains a priority for the second half of 2015.
A rapid assessment launched after Cyclone Komen reports that a total of 2.6 million people affected, with Sathkia, Chittagong and Noakhali districts the worst affected. Nearly 220,000 households are in need of emergency assistance, the vast majority of whom require immediate food assistance. An estimated US$6.3 million is required to cover the needs and proposals were sent to donors.
2.6 million people affected
• More than 1.6 million people have been critically affected by floods and landslides during July and August. A cumulative number of 384,905 households have been or remain displaced.
• Multi-sectoral Initial Rapid Assessments (MIRA) have been conducted in 850 locations in Ayeyarwady, Bago, Chin, Magway,
Rakhine and Sagaing.
The number of people targeted through coordinated humanitarian appeals rose from 76 million in 31 countries in December 2014 to 78.9 million people in 37 countries in June 2015. This figure now stands at over 82 million.*
US$6.6 billion have been received within the coordinated appeal framework.
The total humanitarian funding received inside and outside coordinated appeals stands at $11.5 billion. It is worth noting that $23.2 billion is the total amount received inside and outside the appeals last year in 2014.
Floods and landslides affected over 1.3 million people, including 297,000 households displaced in Jul and Aug, according to Government reports. At least 106 people are confirmed dead. The Government, supported by local organisations, UN and INGOs, continues to lead the response, including clean-up, search and rescue and provision of relief assistance.
1.3 million people affected
More than 1.3 million people have been critically affected by monsoonal floods and landslides during July and August. A cumulative number of almost 300,000 households have been or remain displaced.
To date, 161 locations have been covered by Multi-sectoral Initial Rapid Assessments (MIRA), and 594 locations have been covered by rapid needs assessments in Ayeyarwady, Bago, Chin, Kachin, Magway, Rakhine and Sagaing.
(Yangon, 12 August 2015) Today I returned from Kale Township in Sagaing Region, where I visited communities affected by the floods and observed ongoing relief efforts. I was joined by government officials, several ambassadors, NGOs and UN colleagues.
Since mid-July, more than 1 million people have been critically affected by monsoonal floods and landslides.
More than 687,200 acres of farmland has been damaged. Special equipment and seeds are needed for farmers to replant.
While the water has receded in many areas, many roads and bridges were destroyed in the worst affected states and regions. Transportation remains a challenge for ongoing assessments and delivery of assistance.
On 8 Aug Typhoon Soudelor killed six people in Taiwan, Province of China.
On 9 Aug Souledor hit Fujian, Zhejiang, Jiangxi and Anhui provinces in mainland China.
Over 61,000 households are displaced/evacuated in the Ayeyarwady delta region and in Bago due to floods.
Initial assessments in Rakhine indicate that the floods have severely damaged the rice harvest. Many water wells have been contaminated by flood and salt water.
The UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund has allocated US$9 million to jump start critical response activities.
(New York, 7 August 2015) Major flooding and monsoon rains have affected more than 330,000 people in Myanmar in recent weeks, and at least 88 people have lost their lives. As the United Nations and humanitarian partners step up their support to national relief efforts, the Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien is releasing funds from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
Heavy rains have caused floods and landslides in several parts of the country during the last two weeks of July. Cyclone Komen, that made landfall in Bangladesh on 30 July, has brought strong winds, heavy rains resulting in floods and landslides in several states and regions in Myanmar
Forecasted river levels (4 Aug)
The Myanmar Department of Meteorology and Hydrology provides near-daily updates on the actual and forecasted water level in the major rivers of Myanmar. The forecasted levels for 4 August show a mixed picture. In the far north, water levels remain high, but are lower in much of the central plains. In the heavily populated areas of Bago, Ayeyarwaddy, and Yangon, water levels vary.
Massive floods and strong winds have affected more than 259,000 people across 12 states and regions.
On 4 August, the Government of Myanmar welcomed international assistance for the flood response.
Floods have inundated more than 1 million acres of farmland. Damage to crops and arable land is likely to disrupt the planting season.
Priority needs include food, water and sanitation, access to health care, and provision or repair of shelter.