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14 Apr 2017 description

Six months after the **destructive floods** that destroyed planted rice paddy, villagers from Shwe Hlay in Magway Region in Myanmar’s Dry Zone are now able to harvest winter crops thanks to the emergency quality seeds distribution that took place in November 2016.

13 Apr 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Monsoon rains in the last week of July 2016 brought extensive flooding in several townships of Ayeyarwarddy, Bago, Magway, Mandalay, Sagaing and Yangon regions and parts of Kachin State. The Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) reported on 16 August 2016 that at least 474,560 people were displaced from their homes due to the floods.

28 Mar 2017 description

Last year 574 disasters were reported around the globe and 108 million people have been affected, according to the latest infographic by the Aid & International Development Forum. The vast majority (92%) of natural disasters are due to global warming. Out of 65.3 million displaced people around the world over 14% are being hosted in Asia and the Pacific.

16 Feb 2017 description

16/02/2017 Yangon, Myanmar

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today announced that it has successfully delivered emergency assistance to more than six thousand rural households across Rakhine State, a region of Myanmar where nearly half the population is engaged in the agriculture sector.

In order to avoid food insecurity and improve self-sufficiency, following two years of flooding and inter-communal violence, more than 26 000 farmers have received some 200 tonnes of high quality seeds and more than 500 tonnes of fertilizer.

08 Feb 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

At times of upheaval, pregnancy-related deaths and sexual violence increase. Reproductive health services—including prenatal care, skilled attendance at birth and emergency obstetric care—are often impacted and sometimes unavailable. Young people become more vulnerable to unsafe sex leading to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and sexual exploitation. And many wom- en lose access to family planning services, exposing them to unwanted pregnancy in perilous conditions.

30 Jan 2017 description

U Maung Chay, a 48-year-old farmer and father of six, lives in one of the poorest, conflict-prone areas of Myanmar - Rakhine State. He is a member of the Muslim community, which has suffered inter-ethnic violence over several years. Many people in the community fled to displacement camps, while others sought safety in neighbouring countries. In October 2016, unresolved inter-communal tension between the Muslim minority and the Rakhine Buddhist majority once again led to an outbreak of violence.

22 Dec 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Favourable prospects for 2016/17 early season crops

  • Rice production in 2016 forecast to recover

  • Rice exports in 2016 forecast to decrease

  • Prices of rice have decreased sharply in recent months

  • Floods for second consecutive year severely affected large number of people

Favourable weather conditions at start of 2016/17 early cropping season

20 Dec 2016 description

NEEDS & KEY FIGURES

About 218,000 displaced people, of whom 78 percent are women and children, remain in camps or camp-like situations in Kachin, Shan and Rakhine. This includes 87,000 people in Kachin and 11,000 in Shan who were displaced as a result of the armed conflict that resumed in 2011 and that continues to displace people.

19 Dec 2016 description

Foreword

Hunger is not inevitable As 2016 comes to an end, almost 130-million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Throughout the year, natural hazards, conflict and protracted crises have placed a particularly heavy burden on the poor, who are often extremely vulnerable to shocks. Across 22-affected areas, 70-million people are currently in Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Phase 3 or above.

02 Dec 2016 description

Background

About 217,000 displaced people, of whom about 80 % are women and children, remain in camps or camp-like situations in Kachin, Shan, and Rakhine. This includes 87,000 people in Kachin and 11,000 in Shan who were displaced as a result of the armed conflict that resumed in 2011 and that continues to displace people. It also includes about 120,000 in Rakhine who were displaced as a result of the inter-communal tensions and violence that erupted in 2012.

23 Nov 2016 description

When bad weather destroys crops, women have limited options - but building community savings groups could help

By Zoe Tabary

MEIKTILA, Myanmar, Nov 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ma Nwe places a rock the size of a baseball at her feet, then tightens the string holding her bamboo hat in place.

"I can't risk it falling off," she explained, squinting in the sun. "It's only going to get hotter as the day goes on."

23 Nov 2016 description

Highlights

  • In October, WFP assisted 170,600 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Kachin, northern Shan and Rakhine States.

  • WFP is assisting young children from displaced and host families with High Energy Biscuits in Myaing Gyi Ngu area of Kayin State.

  • WFP is preparing to proceed its flood response with 2,640 people affected by the July-August floods through asset rehabilitation activities in Magway Region.

WFP Assistance

18 Nov 2016 description

Partial Resumption of Operations in northern Rakhine: Having received permission from local authorities to assume provision of life-saving assistance for affected populations as well as to resume its regular operations in northern Rakhine State, WFP delivered cash assistance to 9,000 most vulnerable people from both Muslim and Rakhine communities in Buthidaung Township in October. In early November, WFP assisted 7,230 newly displaced people and its regular recipients from the four villages of north Maungdaw Township that have been affected by the shocks.

11 Nov 2016 description

The Japanese Government, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Scheme, has granted US$71,543 for the Project for Construction of Hta Naung Gone Village Basic Education Branch High School in Pwint Phyu Township, Magway Region.

This is the first handover ceremony for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of 493 schools requested by the Myanmar Government to the Japanese Government.

02 Nov 2016 description

The National Disaster Management Committee is seeking approval from the Union Government to spend more than Ks22 billion on rehabilitation and resettlement.

The remarks made by Vice President U Henry Van Thio in his address to the meeting of the committee in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday came 17 days after a crowded ferry capsized in the Chindwin River in upper Myanmar on 15th October, killing more than 70 passengers.

01 Nov 2016 description

By NAW NOREEN / DVB

Villages in several townships in southern Mandalay Division are under water due to recent heavy rainfall, according to local lawmakers.

Min Aung, a member of the regional parliament, told DVB that the townships of Myittha, Thazi and Mahlaing were all experiencing flooding in recent days as rivers, reservoirs and canals overflowed.

In Myittha Township, located some 70 km south of the city of Mandalay, at least four villages were reporting problems due to the flooding of the Samon River, he said.