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Remote Myanmar delta communities receive life-saving medical care

Myanmar - When it comes to health care, isolated communities living in the Ayeyarwaddy Delta face constant obstacles to receiving potentially life-saving treatment.

Thanks to a three-year project extension funded through the Three Millennium Development Goal Fund (3MDG), IOM will be able to continue to support maternal, new born and child health services in the delta, covering a population of around 690,000 across Bogale and Mawlamyinegyun Townships.

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Disaster as opportunity? Building back better in Aceh, Myanmar and Haiti

A new study examines the concept of ‘building back better’ by looking at the response to the Indian Ocean tsunami in Aceh, Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and the earthquake in Haiti.

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Cooperation from Crisis? Regional Responses to Humanitarian Emergencies

The report explores the war in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s and Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar in 2008, drawing a number of lessons that could be applied in contemporary crises.

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Myanmar: A country prone to a range of natural disasters

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.

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Helping women to help themselves escape poverty in Myanmar

YANGON (ILO News) – Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar in May 2008, causing more than 130,000 deaths and ravaging the Irrawaddy delta region in what has reportedly been the country’s worst natural disaster.

As often happens in such tragedies, the poor and vulnerable were the worst hit. Among the victims, many women who survived the cyclone suddenly found themselves as the head of their household, and needing to work.

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Five years on from Cyclone Nargis – Shne Nay Lin Aung’s story

By Rosemary Pikko, Emergency Coordinator of Karuna Myanmar Social Services (KMSS) – Caritas’ local partner in Burma/ Myanmar

Tayoke Kone village in Labutta township is located in the Irrawaddy Delta region of Myanmar. An area known for monsoonal winds and rains, it was one of the hardest hit by Cyclone Nargis in 2008.

Five years after Nargis, as the local people still struggle to recover their livelihoods, they tell that gradually their lives and community are getting better and returning to normal.

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Five years on from cyclone Nargis

In May 2008, Cyclone Nargis struck Burma/Myanmar. The category 4 cyclone devastated communities, killed more than 138,000 people and left over two million people homeless. International and local organisations, including Caritas, provided assistance to the emergency response.

The vast majority of people who engaged in the response were local survivors of Cyclone Nargis; demonstrating the resilience of the human spirit and the solidarity of communities in the face of adversity.

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Myanmar media rally for Cyclone Nargis

By Brigitte Leoni

BANGKOK, 10 April 2013 - Five years after Cyclone Nargis claimed over 138,000 lives, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction is joining forces with the media in Myanmar to highlight the lessons learned as the anniversary of the tragedy comes around.

The cyclone which made landfall on May 2, 2008, was the worst such event in the country's history and dramatically exposed the lack of early warning systems and other systemic failings in the country's disaster preparedness.

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Thailand supports buffalo development in Myanmar

During 26-28 March 2013, Thailand dispatched livestock experts to help Myanmar in buffalo development in Labutta, Ayeyarwaddy Region.

The Thai experts from the Department of Livestock Development, visited the Labutta Buffalo Development Centre, established under the support of the Thai Government in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, when most buffaloes were cleared away in the natural disaster in 2008.

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Sustainable food security for communities affected by cyclone Nargis

Rebuilding food security among the most vulnerable households affected by cyclone Nargis

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Video: 15 Feet for the homeless

Just south of Rangoon lies the village of 15 Feet. It was set up by a monk to care for the homeless and those affected by Cyclone Nargis. Now it has over 8000 people living there.

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Myanmar: Natural Disasters 2002 - 2012

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.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Global emergency overview Snapshot, 19-26 November 2012

Household food security in Kyrgyzstan has deteriorated, with an estimated 25 % of the population - about 1.3 million people - considered food insecure

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Asia Impact Report

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CARE

New Asia Impact Report provides greater donor accountability

CARE today launched the Asia Impact Report which provides a review of the impact of CARE’s work in Asia from 2005 to 2010. The report is the first of its kind in Australia and is part of CARE’s commitment to transparency, which is important for the 87 per cent of Australian donors who want to know more about how donations are spent.

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WHD: People helping people in Myanmar

On World Humanitarian Day this year (19 August) we celebrated the most basic principle of humanitarian work: People Helping People. For inspiration, and to remind everyone of the extraordinary things ordinary people are capable of doing, we asked professional aid workers to tell us a story about someone who inspired them in a crisis.

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Construction of schools-cum-storm shelters in Myanmar

Back to school – in buildings that offer a «safe haven» during natural disasters

Access to formal education has been restored in the areas of the Ayeyarwaddy Delta in Myanmar that were devastated by Cyclone Nargis. The first 30 permanent primary schools-cum-storm shelters have been completed: children can resume their education and the communities have a «safe haven» during natural disasters. The process for constructing the remaining 10 schools-cum-shelters began in 2012.

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Environmental Crises Threaten Burma’s Economy

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Irrawaddy

By WILLIAM BOOT / THE IRRAWADDY

As Burma attempts to rebuild after the decades of neglect, two studies warn that the country also needs to build defenses against natural disasters like Cyclone Nargis and guard against environmental calamities.

Burma is one of several countries in Southeast Asia at risk of serious environmental crises devastating their economies, says business risk assessor Maplecroft.

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Myanmar's breadbasket still struggling despite reforms

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AlertNet

Tue, 31 Jul 2012 14:06 GMT

YWAR THAR AYE, Myanmar (AlertNet) - Thein Win has been a rice farmer since the age of 15 in this lush little village on the Irrawaddy delta. Now 63, he has a simple wish.

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The HC Interview: Myanmar

Last year, OCHA ranked Myanmar as the most at-risk Asia-Pacific country. It is vulnerable to devastating natural disasters, poverty and conflicts. Despite being a resource-rich country with a strong agricultural base, its population of over 50 million people are among the poorest in the world. Years of conflict and unresolved ethnic differences have led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people and an influx of refugees in neighbouring countries.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.