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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


  • 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


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


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


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


  • 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


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.

27 Oct 2016 description

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.

26 Oct 2016 description


  • 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).

25 Oct 2016 description


  • 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


25 Oct 2016 description

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