Local residents in Rakhine State presented explanations about their sufferings on social difficulties and having to deal with natural disasters almost every year and the requirements of preparedness when they met with Dr Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement yesterday at the township administration offices of Kyaukphyu township.
A small proportion who fled violence decades ago are considered refugees, while many recent arrivals remain undocumented and miss out on vital aid.
By: Vivian Tan
UKHIYA, Bangladesh - At a glance, Mostafa and Sohel* have a lot in common.
As a young man in 1992, Mostafa fled violence in the northern part of Rakhine state in Myanmar to seek refuge in Bangladesh.
National organizations are at the heart of humanitarian response in Myanmar, using their local skills, relationships and access to assist the 525,000 people who are estimated to be in need across the country. Myanmar is leading the way in embracing the contribution of local partners, in line with commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016. This includes record allocations from the Myanmar Humanitarian Fund (MHF) directly to national organizations.
Dhaka, 20 March, 2017 – Today, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an emergency appeal in support of efforts by the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) to address the most urgent humanitarian needs of thousands of Muslims who have sought refuge in south eastern Bangladesh, having fled violence in the northern area of Rakhine State in neighbouring Myanmar.
This Emergency Appeal is being launched on a preliminary basis and seeks a total of 3,265,766 Swiss francs to enable the IFRC to support the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) to deliver assistance and support to some 25,000 people for 9 months, with a focus on the following sectors: Health, WASH, food security, nutrition, emergency shelter, non-food items, restoring family links and disaster risk reduction.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the crisis
The humanitarian situation in the northern areas of Rakhine State, Myanmar, has deteriorated in recent months following an upsurge of violence. The new wave of violence has led to mass displacement and population movement.
AFFECTED AREAS Mosul district, Salahuddin governorate
CAUSE OF DISPLACEMENT Conflict
FIGURES About 43,000 new displacements between January and 5 March
Number of IDP Locations 36
Number of IDPs 120,468
# of IDP Locations (host families & Camps): 188
Estimated number of IDPs: 99,242
Displacement started in June 2011 due to the fighting between the Government and the Kachin Independence Organization. The majority of IDPs live in camps along the Myanmar-China Border. Approximately 43% of IDPs live in camps in non-Government Controlled areas (NGCA).
- Following a series of attacks that occurred in Laukkai, Kokang Self-Administered Zone of North Shan State on 6 March, at least 30 people, including at least five civilians, are now reported to have been killed. Most of the residents of Laukkai town have been evacuated. An estimated 20 000 people crossed the Chinese border, while others including migrant workers, civil servants, NGO workers from other parts of the country have also left.
A Monday evening earthquake that measured 5.8 on the Richter scale destroyed three buildings in Taikkyi, Yangon Region. There were many minor injuries but no reported deaths, local authorities said yesterday.
The temblor began to shake buildings in Yangon at about 8:50pm. The moderate earthquake with a depth of about 10 kilometers had its epicenter in Taikkyi, 69 kilometers northeast of the city of Yangon and the northernmost township in Yangon Region, according to the US Geological Survey.
This the 2nd updated situation on 5.1 M earthquake near Taik Kyi about 40 km North of Yangon , Myanmar.
Based on Myanmar's Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD), the earthquake has caused the following impact so far: 26 persons injured Over (40) buildings including (29) Religious Buildings, (9) Governmental Offices, (6) private buildings were collapsed.
(2) bridges and (2) road sections were damaged.