Myanmar ranks as the most at-risk country in Asia-Pacific in terms of natural hazards, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Medium to large-scale floods, cyclones, earthquakes, landslides or tsunamis occur every couple of years causing death and destruction as well as setting back development interventions.
Geneva, 11 July 2014 (WMO) - Weather, climate and water-related disasters are on the rise worldwide, causing loss of life and setting back economic and social development by years, if not decades. From 1970 to 2012, 8 835 disasters, 1.94 million deaths, and US$ 2.4 trillion of economic losses were reported globally as a result of hazards such as droughts, extreme temperatures, floods, tropical cyclones and related health epidemics, according to a new report.
When natural disasters strike they don’t just damage homes and businesses — often, they wipe away entire economies.
Six years after Cylone Nargis devastated Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta in Laputta Township, communities are still struggling to revive the agricultural industry, rice, that is central to the region’s economy.
Rebuilding after such a crisis is a slow process, but the undertaking also provides a powerful opportunity for vulnerable communities to build back stronger than they were before.
YANGON, 5 May 2014 (IRIN) - Six years after Cyclone Nargis devastated large parts of southern Myanmar, experts say the country is making progress in improving its storm early warning system.
By SAI ZAW / THE IRRAWADDY
LAPUTTA, Irrawaddy Division — Although it happened six years ago, they still suffer the consequences.
About 400 families scattered across 13 villages in Laputta Township in Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta may be a microcosm of the devastation that hundreds of thousands of people have faced since Cyclone Nargis made landfall on May 2, 2008.
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.
After disasters strike, can homes, communities, and institutions be ‘built back better’? Released nearly nine years after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, this report examines the concept of ‘build back better’, seeking to understand the aspirations, implications and resulting impact of the term on recovery and reconstruction in three disaster responses - the Indian Ocean tsunami in Aceh, Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and the earthquake in Haiti.
As the situation in Syria continues to deteriorate, could the humanitarian crisis afflicting the country and its neighbors provide an entryway for regional cooperation? This policy paper examines how regional responses to humanitarian crises have succeeded or failed to meet humanitarian objectives in order to inform approaches to contemporary crises. It also assesses whether such regional responses contributed to strengthening regional integration and cooperation, paving the way for increased regional stability and an improved capacity to respond to emergencies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rebuilding food security among the most vulnerable households affected by cyclone Nargis
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.
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.
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.
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.