These updates cover emergencies Oxfam is currently responding to around the world, although please note they don’t intend to be comprehensive.
Fighting on the ground is spreading throughout the country. Air strikes are continuing and more and more civilians are losing their lives to land mines.
ANGOON — Stray fire near a displacement camp in Kachin State has caused about 70 people to flee to another shelter, according to a local religious charity providing aid for conflict-affected civilians.
A communications officer for the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday that the internally displaced persons (IDPs) had all been moved to the Jara Yang camp in the jungles of Sumprabum Township from one of the area’s two other displacement sites as a result of recent fighting between the government troops and ethnic rebels.
Snapshot 25 August–1 September 2015
Papua New Guinea: 1.8 million people have been affected by prolonged dry spell and frost in the Highlands region; 1.3 million are reported to be most at risk. Crops have been destroyed, and several chools and health facilities have been closed due to water shortages. The affected population is reported to be resorting to less reliable sources of drinking water.
At the end of July, South Asia witnessed some of the worst flooding seen in decades. Myanmar, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India have seen hundreds killed and millions affected. The worst affected area is Myanmar, where even before the flooding, over half the population did not have enough to eat. Myanmar Country Director, Shihab Uddin Ahamad, updates us on what the situation is like on the ground and how he and his staff are helping the people worst affected by this crisis.
1,000 shelter kits have been procured locally, with 200 distributed to Mrauk-U, Rakhine State and an additional 800 to be distributed in Rakhine through local partners within the next week.
IOM procured an additional 9,825 shelter kits internationally, 5,212 of which have already been sent to Rakhine State. The remainder will be distributed in Ayeryarwady Region, Sagaing Region, Chin State and Magway Region.
By Johanna Lassy-Mäntyvaara, Finnish Red Cross
One month has passed since heavy monsoon rains and Cyclone Komen caused severe floods in Myanmar. The farmland bordering the village of Yay Dar Gyi in the southwest Myanmar area resembles a lake. The paddy fields have been engulfed by a mass of water that still reaches up to six feet high in some parts. Although the water level is now gradually receding, new heavy monsoon rains might still worsen the situation in the southwest delta region of the country.
At least 5,000 refugees and migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh found themselves stranded at sea in May, when the people smugglers and ship crews who had promised to take them to Malaysia abandoned them en masse in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. An additional 1,000 people who were thought to be at sea in May and remain unaccounted for may have unofficially disembarked without the knowledge of authorities.
Hakalay, 31 Aug—Kanbawza Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation on Sunday donated relief supplies to disaster victims in Chin State, one of the worst-affected areas of the country.
Their donation covers rice, eligible oil, household utensils and plastic buckets.
Moreover, the foundation offered K300,000 each to 69 families in Twekhainzan and Hakalay villages in the region who lost their homes because of the receding water of Natmyaung Creek on Friday.—GNLM
The village has approximately 110 people and they are the most displaced and most vulnerable group we support. Once again, we were reminded of how difficult it is for residents this widely scattered and displaced community to access basic requirements and towns. People have to walk for 2 days to reach Baan Bang Charoen to attend our medical clinic.
Yangon, 30 Aug — A Mahachai-based organization for Myanmar workers in Thailand recently donated K4 million to buy cooking oil for disaster victims in Ayeyawady Region via Ayeyawady Foundation.
The organization in cooperation with Myanmar-Thai Cultural and Economic Cooperation Association on 26 August handed over relief supplies worth more than K30 million to officials of Ayeyawady Foundation and Tomorrow Journal.
Summary: Since mid-July 2015, torrential rains in Myanmar have caused floods and landslides that have resulted in loss of lives, widespread displacement and loss of livelihoods. Further, Cyclone Komen, which eventually made landfall in Bangladesh, was sitting off the coast of western Myanmar bringing with it strong winds and further heavy rains, worsening the situation in parts of Myanmar. Of the 14 states in Myanmar, 12 have been severely affected.
Haka, 28 Aug—Kanbawza Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation, together with Chin State Chief Minister U Hong Ngai and State Education Officer Daw Win Kyi, donated relief supplies and K1 million each on 27 August to victims of the recent landslides in Chin State’s Haka Township.
A total of 517 houses in Haka collapsed in the landslides. The foundation also donated K582.5 million for the reconstruction of 10 basic education schools through Chin State Education Officer Daw Win Kyi.
NAY PYI TAW, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Two military aircraft from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) arrived at Myanmar's Nay Pyi Taw International Airport Friday morning with relief supplies to flood victims of the country.
The aid supplies were handed over to the Myanmar side and were received by Lieutenant-General Ye Aung of the Defense Ministry in the presence of Chinese Ambassador Hong Liang.
The supplies include blankets, electric generators and tents to be used by Myanmar flood victims.
Khaing Min Htoo
World Vision Myanmar
“I am very happy that I received these cooking utensils and others materials for my household. It is very useful for us when we return to our home to restart our lives,” says Mar Mar, 30, a mother of an 8-month-old son.
The flood-affected families from the villages of Pwintbyu are displaced and staying in evacuation camps in Yenangyaung, set up by the government.
9-man medical team departs to treat waterborne diseases
Singapore, 28 August 2015 – The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) is deploying two response teams to the badly-hit Minkin township in the Sagaing Region, Myanmar, to serve over 1,200 families across seven villages.
Despite a receding of floodwaters, the ongoing monsoon continues to risk further flooding and increase the vulnerability of people coping with the effects of the disaster.
Multi-Sector/Cluster Initial Rapid Assessment results have been compiled and the Inter-Agency Initial Flood Response Plan finalised.
40% of flood-affected areas continue to have limited humanitarian access as a result of debris, broken roads and bridges.
Appeal Target: US$ 4,131,680
Balance Requested: US$ 4,070,485
Geneva, 27 August 2015
Heavy rains have caused floods and landslides in several parts of Myanmar since June 2015. On 30 July, Cyclone Komen made landfall in Bangladesh, bringing strong winds and additional heavy rains to the country, which resulted in widespread flooding across 12 of the country’s 14 states and regions (Ayeyarwady, Bago, Chin, Kachin, Kayin, Magway, Mandalay, Mon, Rakhine, Sagaing, Shan Yangon).
On 31 July, the President declared Chin and Rakhine states, and Magway and Sagaing regions as natural disaster zones.