On 21 May, around midday local time (0600 GMT), Tropical Cyclone Roanu made landfall along the southern coastal districts of Bangladesh, bringing heavy rain, winds of up to 88km/h, and storm surges of up to 2m (AFP 21/05/2016).
In Myanmar, there have been no reports of deaths or of any significant displacement caused by the rains or landslides due to Tropical Cyclone ROANU.
In Rakhine State, damage to houses in Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships has been reported. In Sittwe township, temporary IDP shelters collapsed in a few camps. In Chin State, bridges were damaged due to landslides. No significant damage was reported in Sagaing Region.
Assessments are on-going.
Kuala Lumpur, 21 May, 2016: Over the past week, Tropical Cyclone Roanu, has brought torrential rains to Sri Lanka, triggering landslides and causing widespread flooding across much of the country affecting over 415,000 people. In recent days the storm has tracked northwest in the Bay of Bengal bringing further flooding to parts of the Indian States of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Although weakening in intensity, the Category 1 storm is making landfall in Bangladesh today, threatening further flooding and landslides.
UNHCR, the United Nations refugee organization, is mandated by the United Nations to lead and coordinate international action for the world-wide protection of refugees and the resolution of refugee problems.
Highlights - Bangladesh: IOM provided return assistance to 39 Bangladeshis returning in five batches in April. Facilitated by IOM, 38 of them returned from Thailand and one from Indonesia. There were no minors among these returnees. To date, IOM has provided return assistance to 2,646 Bangladeshis. - Indonesia: As of 30 April, there are a total of 285 migrants (four Bangladeshis and 281 Myanmar Muslims from Rakhine State) throughout five shelters in Aceh and North Sumatera. The remaining Bangladeshis stay in Medan shelter.
May 16th, 2016 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society's (QRCS) assessment team sent to Myanmar returned to Doha today, following a mission to examine the situation there in health care, shelter, water and sanitation, and food sectors.
The team also identified the needs and evaluated the work of QRCS's mobile clinics program launched in 2013 in response to the clashes in Rakhine State.
The Government of Mongolia has officially declared the winter dzud over; however rains and unseasonal snow continue to impact vulnerable herders by putting stress on their livelihoods due to additional livestock deaths. Since January, some 1.1 million animals (up to 5.8 per cent) of the national livestock total have perished. Cash grants and cash-for-work interventions have begun as part of early recovery efforts. In March, CERF allocated $2.4 million to jumpstart health and nutrition, agriculture, protection and early recovery activities.
A spat of hail storms which hit upper Myanmar last month have had unforeseen side effects on the tea plantations of the Nam-Shan township village of Mahnlone, Shan State, which started to wither up and die during the end of April, according to plantation owners.
Nearly 60 people were left homeless when a fire broke out at the Umpiem refugee camp in Thailand’s Tak Province on Saturday.
The fire that started in the camp’s Zone-C and destroyed 13 homes, leaving 58 people empty-handed and in need of assistance, said the zone’s administrator Naw Lwe Say.
During the past week, strong winds, heavy rain and hail continued to affect various parts of Myanmar. The Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) reported over 64,500 people have been affected with over 23,300 houses damaged. It is expected that heavy rainfall will continue in the coming days heightening the risk of landslides in Chin and Kachin states.
- In Rakhine, 118,084 people remain displaced across 39 camps or camp-like settings. In Kachin/Northern Shan, over 96,000 IDPs are mostly dispersed over 150 camps or camp-like settings but around 9,000 with host families.
A FIRE, reportedly beginning in a kitchen at the Baw Du Ba internally displaced persons (IDP) camp-2 in Sittwe destroyed 49 longhouses yesterday.
The fire started at around 9.10 am and was brought under control by firemen at 10 am, according to the local fire department.
Six longhouses were destroyed by the firefighters in order to control the blaze and stop the spread of fire to other structures.
The fire caused losses totaling K137.5 million according to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.
A fire swept through "Baw Du Pha 2" Muslim IDP camp in rural Sittwe in Rakhine State today just after 9:00am. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the authorities. Initial reports indicate that it is likely it was an accident resulting from a cooking fire.
Yangon, Myanmar | AFP | Tuesday 5/3/2016 - 09:41 GMT
A major fire on Tuesday damaged or destroyed the homes of nearly 450 Rohingya Muslim families living in a camp for people displaced by 2012 communal fighting in western Myanmar.
The charred remains of wooden shelters and twisted metal roofs were visible through a thick haze of smoke after the fire broke out in the early morning, a stark reminder of dire living conditions for over 100,000 Rohingya confined to bleak camps in Rahkine state.
MINBYA TOWNSHIP, Myanmar, May 2 (UNHCR) – Being able to sit once more in a bright and airy room – and in her own home – makes a welcome change for Amina.*
She and her family were among 145,000 people displaced during inter-communal violence in Myanmar's western Rakhine state four years ago. Around 20,000 homes were destroyed, Amina's among them.
Last year she was among some 25,000 of the internally displaced people, or IDPs, who were able to leave their temporary shelters and rebuild their homes themselves – through a process led by the Myanmar Government.
MYANMAR According to the Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD), over 58,000 people have been affected and 21 people killed by strong winds, hail and heavy rains in various parts of the country since 19 April. The severe weather destroyed 1,900 houses and damaged a further 20,000 homes. Authorities are continuing to validate the impact of the disaster. The RRD is providing cash assistance and relief items to households whose homes were destroyed or damaged.
Since mid-April fighting between the Myanmar Military and the Arakan Army has displaced approximately 1,100 people in Buthidaung, Rathedaung and Kyaktaw townships in Rakhine State. Those displaced are primarily staying in schools and a smaller number with relatives.
The number of forcibly displaced people (refugees and internally displaced people) has continued to rise alarmingly in 2015 and 2016, calling for increased humanitarian assistance worldwide.
Following the 6.5 and 7.3 magnitude earthquakes which struck Kumamoto Prefecture on 14 and 16 April, an estimated 60,000 people remain in more than 600 evacuation centres. With the resumption of basic services, the number of the evacuees has decreased from 112,100 people last week. The Government has secured apartment units for 8,350 households as temporary accommodation. On 22 April, the Republic of Korea delivered food, bottled water and blankets, by sending two military aircraft to Kumamoto Airport.