Myanmar: Food Security Update - November 2012
Actions Taken/ Needed
Conflict and communal violence--- In Kachin and Northern Shan States, WFP and other actors continue to provide assistance (in accordance with the multi-sector Response Plan) to displaced populations, with more than 30,000 IDPs reached. WFP delivered 457 MTs of food to displaced persons in November. According to KMSS and UNHCR reports, close to 900 people living in 3 temporary IDP camps in Hpa Kant (Kar Mine, Gau Ri and Nan Shan) are in urgent need of food assistance.
In Rakhine State, WFP continues to provide assistance to IDPs in Sittwe, Kyauktaw, Kyauk Phyu, Min Bya, Mrauk U, Myebon, Pauktaw, Ramree, Buthidaung, Rathedaung and Maungdaw. In total, assistance from WFP and partners reached over 100,000 IDPs. WFP supplied fortified blended food, design to prevent malnutrition amongst the most vulnerable especially young children.
Pest infestations --- In Kachin, Wai Maw (Hpung Tang area), paddy crop losses from destruction by rats were reported . In response to this the government provided 100 rice bags. In Wa, according to local authority, 80% of paddy field (1275 acre) was destroyed by serious crop infestation. WFP sub office is planning to carry out an assessment and summit the findings for decision regarding potential further response.
Crop loss--- In Chin State, WFP plans to assess in early January villages of Thantlang, Hakha and Matupi Townships where substantial crop losses are reported. Decsions will then be taken on how best to address the situation.
In Magway, the situation requires further monitoring to assess the extent of the water scarcity and crop losses..