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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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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.

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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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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.

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Haiti + 7 others
DEUTSCHE POST DHL AND UN OCHA EXTEND HUMANITARIAN PARTNERSHIP

(Geneva/New York/Bonn, 14 December 2010): The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Deutsche Post DHL, the world's leading post and logistics service provider, today renewed their successful partnership, started in 2005, for another three years. The extension was signed in Geneva by Rashid Khalikov, Director of UN OCHA Geneva and Rainer Wend, Executive Vice President Corporate Public Policy and Sustainability at Deutsche Post DHL.

"Over the past five years, we have worked very successfully together in disaster management. The partnership

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OCHA Myanmar Monthly Humanitarian Update Issue #4, 1-30 June 2009

Key Points

- The Post-Nargis Recovery and Preparedness Plan (PoNREPP) Recovery Coordination Centre (RCC) was launched on 10 June 2009, with three international staff from ASEAN and the UN system covering key duties.

- An international RCC Manager a. i. has been appointed and with the RCC Team, is providing overall support to the evolution process from humanitarian to recovery phase.

- The Cluster system is officially transitioning to the Post-Nargis Recovery and Preparedness Plan's (PoNREPP) coordination arrangement as from 01 July 2009.

- Funding for recovery activities currently

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Afghanistan + 54 others
United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) 2008 Annual Report

Foreword: A year of challenges

It is my pleasure to present to you the 2008 Annual Report for the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

For the millions of people affected by natural disasters and conflict worldwide, 2008 was a year of enormous challenges. More than 211 million people were affected by natural disasters, with more than 238,000 killed and US$200 billion in damages, making 2008 one of the most devastating years in terms of human and material losses. 2008 also

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Burkina Faso + 13 others
CERF overview 2009 underfunded round 1


During the first underfunded emergencies (UFE) round in 2009, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated US$75 million to 14 countries. In accordance with Secretary-General's Bulletin (ST/SGB/2006/10), the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC), in close consultation with the participating agencies, is responsible for setting priorities for the use of the CERF UFE window and for selecting the countries to receive allocations.

Country Selection (Phase I) and Allocation of Country Envelopes (Phase II)

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OCHA Myanmar Monthly Humanitarian Update Issue #3, 1-31 May 2009

Key Points

- The UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar has pursued concerted efforts at various levels to voice the concern of the humanitarian community over the visa issue. The impact and implications in terms of the post-Nargis recovery works for the Delta and beyond have been shared with the Government of the Union of Myanmar (GoUM), the Emergency Relief Coordinator, the donor community as well as the international media.

- A workshop on the Post-Nargis Recovery and Preparedness Plan (PONREPP) was held on 21 May for GoUm officials,

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OCHA Myanmar Monthly Humanitarian Update Issue #2, 1-30 April 2009

Key Points

- The dry season strategies have been developed and implemented by the Health; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene; and Early Recovery Clusters in the Delta areas affected by water shortage.

- Several Clusters partners are reportedly phasing out of the Delta before the June deadline due to insufficient funding.

- The Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) program continues in the Delta to prepare the inhabitants for the monsoon season which starts in May.

- The Post-Nargis Recovery and Preparedness Plan (PoNREPP) Handbook on Coordination Arrangements for Post-Nargis recovery

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Myanmar: Emergency Situation Report No. 1

This report was issued by OCHA office in Myanmar. It covers the period from 1 March to 31 March 2009. The next report will be issued on or around May 1st, 2009.

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

- Water scarcity problems during the dry season (April-May).

- Continue and expand Disaster Risk Reduction programmes.

- Raise funds for Agriculture, Shelter and WASH clusters for urgent pre-Monsoon needs. 130,000 families or half a million people are living in hopelessly vulnerable shacks, with failing tarpaulins for roofing materials.

- Indebtedness is rising amongst Nargis-affected

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Myanmar Cyclone Nargis Yangon Hub Update No. 7

(Reporting period 28 January- 11 February 2009)

OVERVIEW AND KEY DEVELOPMENTS

- Taiwan Tzu-chi Buddhist Group will build 390 houses at San Pya Ward, Kungyangon Township. Asia World and Kyaw Thar Construction Company have been contracted to undertake the project.

- Some informally settled families (about 80) at Let Khote Kone on the outskirts of Kungyangon are requesting support in the form of latrines and other basic assistance. Durable solutions for the long-term future of these families are currently being discussed by humanitarian partners.

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Myanmar Cyclone Nargis Bogale Hub Update No. 7

(Reporting period 28 January to 10 February 2009)

OVERVIEW AND KEY DEVELOPMENTS

- On 2 February, 2009, Mr Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, accompanied by the Chairman of Tripartite Core Group, Mr Kyaw Thu and delegates, visited Bogale Township to observe the current situation The Secretary of Bogale Township Peace and Development Council accompanied them on their visit to Bogale Township Hospital and Basic Sate High School No. (2) Bogale.

- CARE Myanmar disseminated the Rapid

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Myanmar Cyclone Nargis Labutta Hub Update No. 7

(Reporting period 28 January - 10 February 2009)

OVERVIEW & KEY DEVELOPMENTS

- Ms. Natthinee Rodraksa, Operations Manager and Dr. Niken Gandini, Senior Technical Adviser from ASEAN arrived in Labutta Township on 29 January 2009. They visited Sa Lu Seik Village, Pyin Sa Lu Sub-township on 30 January and Ye Wai Village on 31 January 2009 for assessment of ASEAN's pilot project in the area.

- Mr Michael Dalton, Project Management Consultant and Mr Jens Nylund from PONREPP visited Labutta on 3 February

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Myanmar Cyclone Nargis Labutta Hub Update No. 6

(Reporting period 13 - 27 January 2009)

OVERVIEW & KEY DEVELOPMENTS

- Dr. Nizar Mohamed, consultant from UNEP mission office came to Labutta on 15 January 2009 accompanied with Daw Yi Yi Htwe, Assistant Director of National Commission for Environment Affairs. They met with DPDC chairman to inform about assessment for recovery and train the community how to manage the environment. They also met with National Early Recovery Manager (UNDP) ICDP project.

- WASH Information Meeting was held on

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Myanmar Cyclone Nargis Yangon Hub Update No. 6

(Reporting period 13 January - 27 January 2009)


OVERVIEW AND KEY DEVELOPMENTS

- On January 20, 2009, a delegation from two Nordic countries, led by His Excellency Mr. Erik Gudbrand Solheim, Norwegian Minister on Environment and International Development and Her Excellency Ms. Ulla Pedersen Tornaes, Denmark's Minister of International Development, together with Tripartite Core Group (TCG) representatives visited Seik Gyi Village in Kungyangon Township, Yangon Division, as well
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Myanmar Cyclone Nargis Bogale Hub Update No. 6

(Reporting Period 13 January to 28 January 2009)

OVERVIEW AND KEY DEVELOPMENTS

- On 22 January, the Ministers, representatives of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ambassadors and delegates from Norway and Denmark, Chairman and the delegates from the Tripartite Core Group (TCG) visited Set San Village to observe humanitarian needs in the area. The Chairman of the Township Peace and Development Council and other relevant persons explained the humanitarian activities of local organizations and Government bodies.

- On 27, January, Ms. Agnes Asekenye-Oonyu,

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Myanmar Cyclone Nargis Pyapon Hub Update No. 6

(Reporting period 13 - 27 January 2009)

OVERVIEW AND KEY DEVELOPMENTS

- On 25 January, IOM held a handover ceremony of a clinic to the Department of Health in Daw Nyein Village, Pyapon Township, as well as in Bogale and Dedaye. The Minister of Health and other officials from the District, Township, Villages and agencies attended this ceremony. The Ambassadors of Thailand and Singapore served as Guests of Honor.

- The TCG Periodic Review I was published in mid-December and is now being distributed. The TCG Periodic Review II

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Myanmar Cyclone Nargis Yangon Hub Update No. 5

(Reporting period 11 December - 13 January 2009)

OVERVIEW & KEY DEVELOPMENTS

- The Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), Sr. General Than Shwe visited Nargis affected areas on 27 December 2008 including Kungyangon and Dedaye Townships to inspect early recovery and reconstructing activities by humanitarian partners and the Government. Feedback from local authorities confirmed that he was satisfied with the efforts of humanitarian agencies. The Head of State emphasized the need for community development programmes to ensure that

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Afghanistan + 11 others
CERF Newsletter Jan 2009

$380 MILLION PLEDGED FOR 2009 AT HIGH-LEVEL CONFERENCE

Member States, led by the Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, met in New York on 4 December 2008 at the CERF high-level pledging conference to renew their commitment to the Fund. Despite the gloomy world economic outlook, nearly $380 million was raised by the end of the day.

Ten new supporters joined the CERF: Afghanistan, Benin, Kenya, Laos, Mozambique, Oman, St. Lucia, Samoa, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam. Dominica, Gabon and Myanmar have confirmed that they will also

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