On 11 Nov 2012, an earthquake registering 6.8 on the Richter scale struck 50 kilometers north of Shwebo Township in Sagaing Region, 115 kilometers north of Mandalay, killing at least seven people. So far, 122 houses, 48 departmental buildings, 21 religious buildings and four schools have been reported as damaged between Thabeikkyin and Shwebo Townships. (OCHA, 12 Nov 2012)
Myanmar regularly experiences cyclones, storm surges, floods, landslides, earthquakes, drought and forest fires. Over the last 10 years, Myanmar has been impacted by two major earthquakes, three severe cyclones, floods and other smaller-scale hazards. OCHA works closely with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement and humanitarian partners to ensure a more systematic, inclusive and coordinated approach to disaster management, preparedness and response.
Myanmar ranks first on OCHA’s list of most at-risk Asia-Pacific countries in 2012.
The country is vulnerable to a wide range of hazards, including floods, cyclones, earthquakes, landslides and tsunamis. The likelihood for medium to large-scale natural disasters to occur every couple of years is high, according to historical data.
Mandalay, 18 Feb-A ceremony to donate 200 bags of rice and clothes by media persons and artistes to victims from earthquakehit areas of Thabeikkyin Township in Mandalay Region on 6 February morning.
At first, the Township Administrator explained relief works and rehabilitation tasks for the victims in the township and replied to queries raised by journalists.
Next, the wellwishers presented 200 bags of rice to the Township Administrator and clothes to the Township Education Officer respectively.
Nay Pyi Taw, 26 Jan- President U Thein Sein visited quake-hit regions in Mandalay and Sagaing Regions on 24 and 25 in November and gave necessary instructions on rehabilitation works in the aftermath of 6.8 -Richter Scale Thabeikkyin earthquake on 11 November 2012.
• Emergency Relief Coordinator calls for unhindered and sustained access to provide much needed assistance to all vulnerable people across the country.
• The Government reports that the total estimated number of IDPs in Rakhine reached 115,000 people, including over 36,000 newly displaced in late October.
• Up to 75,000 people are estimated to have been displaced by conflict in Kachin and northern Shan States which started in June 2011.
The Myanmar Red Cross Society is calling for more funds to support those affected by the severe earthquake on 11th November 2012. Up to 17 people were reported dead and many more injured following the 6.8 magnitude earthquake which also caused significant damage in many communities. Part of a bridge under construction also fell into the Irrawaddy River near Shwebo and a gold mine collapsed at Singu.
2012 December, 26 – Wednesday 11:00 am
Counselor Mr. Kim Dong Bae from Korean Embassy to Myanmar on Wednesday handed over US $200,025 in cash to Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) to help people affected by Sagaing Earthquake.
Firstly Ambassador H.E. Mr. Kim Hae-yong, addressed the objective of the donation and he handed over it to the president of the Myanmar Red Cross Society. Prof. Dr. Thar Hla Shwe, the president received and expressed Thanks to Korean Embassy.
By ECHO HUI / THE IRRAWADDY
Chinese movie star Jet Li is lending a hand to reconstruction efforts after an earthquake in Burma last month, according to an exclusive Chinese media report.
Li’s One Foundation charity will help rebuild three schools destroyed during the earthquake, Burma-based Chinese-language MMGP Media reported last week.
The news had not been officially announced on One Foundation’s website at the time of MMGP’s publication.
Yamethin, 9 Dec-A ceremony to donate cash to the quake victims of Mandalay and Sagaing Regions where earthquake hit on 11 November morning was held at the hall of Yamethin District General Administration Department on 4 December.
Yamethin Township Bus Line Control Committee donated K 500,000, Ywatangate (Thitsa Yadana) K 300,000, Township Merchants Association K 200,000 and Petro Green fuel trading K 100,000. Deputy Head of Township GAD U Nyunt Hsan Tun accepted the donations.
After that, officials spoke words of thanks for donations.-Myanma Alinn
An earthquake with magnitude 5.6 has hit South Khorasan province in Iran, killing at least eight people and injuring 12. As of 6 December, no further information on the impact is available. Typhoon Bopha has made landfall in the southern Philippines on 4 December, carrying winds of up to 160 kilometres an hour. More than 294,000 people have been affected in seven provinces, according to Government estimates. Severe rains have affected at least 6,500 people in Panama, prompting the Government of Panama to declare a state of emergency for the regions of La Chorrera, Capira and Colón.
The Government reports that the total estimated number of IDPs in Rakhine reached 115,000 people, including over 36,000 newly displaced in late October.
Up to 75,000 people are estimated to have been displaced by insecurity in Kachin and northern Shan States which started in June 2011.
The Government indicates that at least 17 people were killed and 114 injured due to an earthquake in upper Myanmar.
Storm Bopha is heading toward southern Philippines as thousands of people are evacuating in high-risk areas. The storm is expected to intensify to a typhoon and will make landfall in Northern Mindanao late on Tuesday night. Severe rains have affected at least 6,500 people in Panama prompting the Government of Panama to declare a state of emergency for the regions of La Chorrera, Capira and Colón.
The situation in Syria continues to deteriorate, with heavy fighting in Damascus, Homs, Aleppo, Deir al-Zor, Deraa as well as Idlib and Hama provinces.
Myanmar ranks first as the ‘most at risk’ country in Asia the Pacific according to the UN Risk Model. The country is vulnerable to a wide range of hazards, including floods, cyclones, earthquakes, landslides and tsunamis. The likelihood for medium to large-scale natural disasters to occur every couple of years is high, according to historical data.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) dispatched emergency relief supplies to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar following earthquakes that struck the country on 11th November.
Emergency goods to the value of JPY 10 million arrived in Yangon on 23rd November, and a handover ceremony was held in the Yangon International Airport at 9.45 am on that day.
More than 140,000 have been displaced in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, after rebel group M23 gained control over the regional capital Goma and surrounding areas. Heavy fighting between rebels and the military continues to rage nationwide in Syria, primarily in Aleppo, Damascus and Deir al-Zor governorates. A recently published WFP assessment revealed that about 1.3 million people (25% of the total population) are considered food insecure in Kyrgyzstan, due to high food prices.
President U Thein Sein on inspection tour of earthquake-hit areas in Mandalay, Sagaing regions
Nay Pyi Taw, 23 Nov- The Relief and Resettlement Department (headquarters) under the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement and the head’s office of Yangon Region have been receiving relief aids for the earthquake-hit victims of Mandalay and Sagaing Regions.
Nay Pyi Taw, 20 Nov-Medical teams who have made field trip are giving healthcare services in quake-stricken townships in Mandalay and Sagaing Regions and sending injured patients to hospitals. Medical teams from Meiktila, Kyaukse, Shwebo hospitals and Shwebo, Kanbalu, KhinU, Wetlet Townships were giving medical treatment to the patients in villages of Singu, Thabeikkyin, Shwebo, Kanbalu, KhinU and Wetlet Townships.
A total of 1547 outpatients have been given medical treatment at Shwebo, Singu and Thabeikkyin hospitals till 19 November.-MNA
On Wednesday, November 21, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods (blankets, sleeping pads, plastic sheets, generators) worth 10 million JPY to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in response to the request from the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.