Rains since the beginning of June caused flooding in five states and regions of Myanmar. According to the initial reports from the Government Relief and Resettlement Department, at least 26,000 people were affected in Ayeyarwady, Bago and Sagaing regions as well as Chin and Rakhine states. A total of 14 deaths were reported from the Union-level Relief and Resettlement Department, media sources and the Rakhine State Government.(UNRC Myanmar, 14 Jun 2016)
On 1 July, heavy rain started across the country, causing flooding and landslides in Rakhine, Sagaing and Kachin. The Rakhine State Government reported that more than 24,306 people were displaced across the four most affected townships – Minbya (13,123), Ann (4,659), Mrauk-U (3,696) and Kyauktaw (2,828 people). (ECHO, 14 Jul 2016)
Floods brought by monsoon rains since late July 2016 affected a number of townships in Sagaing, Mandalay, Bago, Ayeyarwady, Magway and Yangon region and to some extent, Kachin State. According to the figures released by the Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) on 9 August, at least 377,000 people have been displaced from their homes in the six states with Magway being the most affected area – where some 60,000 people have been displaced. Five people have died – two in Sagaing, two in Kachin and one in Yangon. Many schools remain closed across affected areas as floodwater gradually moved south towards the Ayeyarwady Delta. (IFRC, 16 Nov 2016)
Through June, July and August, heavy monsoon flooding temporarily displaced roughly half a million people in 11 states and regions. The flooding also damaged agricultural land, fish farms, schools, roads, bridges, wells and communal buildings. (OCHA, 30 Sep 2016)
State and local governments led the response to the floods, sandbagging vulnerable areas along river banks and providing food, water, relief items, cash and shelter materials to affected people. The government’s emergency operations centre was not activated and the response is mostly being managed at the state/regional level using existing resources. The government is coordinating with the Red Cross Red Crescent, civil society organizations and other actors who are providing relief supplies including food, water and oral rehydration salts. By early October, the rains lessened in intensity and the water level of previously flooded rivers started to recede. Once the flooding subsided, people started returning back to their homes and the needs for nonfood items and shelter were drastically reduced. (IFRC, 16 Nov 2016)
2017 Requirements: US$25,105,000
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
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.
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.
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.
Over 3,000 local villagers waiting out a storm in the Irrawaddy Delta town of Labutta were sent home on Wednesday as the government’s Department of Meteorology and Hydrology lifted a warning it issued earlier in the week.
Residents from around 15 villages in Labutta Township were moved to shelters in the town two days ago amid warnings of a major storm approaching the coast. The regional government said the villagers were sent home on 26 October after the storm in the Bay of Bengal changed course and started heading northwest along the Burmese coast toward Bangladesh.
INDIA - TC THREE
TC THREE formed over the east-central Bay of Bengal on 21 October. It then started moving west-northwest over the Bay of Bengal towards eastern India, strengthening. On 25 October at 0.00 UTC its center was located approx. 868 km east of Visakhapatnam city (Andhra Pradesh State, India) and it had max. sustained wind speed of 65 km/h (Tropical Storm).
UN highlights restricted humanitarian access in Kachin, Shan
Clashes in Kachin and Shan continue during August peace conference
Humanitarian organizations continue to respond to urgent needs among vulnerable populations
25th October, 2016 20:00 MST
Cyclonic Storm News
According to the observations at (19:30)hrs M.S.T today, the cyclonic storm “KYANT” has moved to West-Southwest. It is centered at about (235)miles West of Pathein, (235)miles West-Southwest of Gwa, (230)miles Southwest of Kyaukpyu, Myanmar and (425)miles East-Southeast of Visakhapatnam, India. It is forecast to move continuous West-Southwest wards.
The present stage of cyclonic storm is coded yellow stage, it is not moving towards the Myanmar Coasts
25th October, 2016 06:00 MST
According to the observations at (05:30)hrs M.S.T today, the deep depression over Eastcentral Bay of Bengal has moved to West-Northwest wards. It is centered at about (185)miles North - Northwest of Coco-Island, (145)miles Northwest of Hainggyikyun, (155)miles West-Northwest of Pathein, (155)miles Southwest of Gwa and (235)miles West - Southwest of Yangon, Myanmar.
The present stage of the deep depression is coded yellow stage, it is not moving towards the Myanmar Coasts.
THE CODE RED weather alert has been lifted for the Ayayawady Delta and the southern part of the Rakhine Coast, but the weather bureau says severe weather, including rain and flooding, is still likely.
“Ayeyawady Region and Rakhine State can see winds of 40 miles per hour as they are still within the affected area of the deep depression,” said the evening bulletin of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH).
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