Small-scale returns to Laukkaing as clashes continue in Kokang
Temporary displacement in northern Shan and Kachin states
Over 300 IDP households move into new individual housing in Meiktila
Hundreds displaced by clashes in Rakhine State
Working with the government to strengthen disaster preparedness
People who remain displaced in Rakhine State 139,000
Indonesia - The migrant crisis in Southeast Asia has entered a new phase, with over half of those originally estimated to be at sea now on dry land, some for the first time in almost four months.
IOM welcomed the positive statement made by Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand on Wednesday (20/5), but says there is still much to be done.
KUALA LUMPUR, MAY 21, 2015- MERCY Malaysia has begun providing relief aid to the Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees in the Belantik detention centre, Kedah, northern Peninsular Malaysia.
In a statement made today by MERCY Malaysia’s President, Dato' Dr Ahmad Faizal Perdaus said “We have conducted an assessment inside the camp, and have concentrated our aid in two main areas which are health and medical aid as well as essential non-food items”.
The MIMU 3W gathers inputs from participating agencies on Who is doing What, Where, across Myanmar. It is currently conducted every 6 months.
205 agencies participated in the April 2015 3W, providing information on their activities in 19 sectors and 145 subsectors which have been defined by technical/sector working groups. There is still likely to be under-reporting of the specific activities of field-based local NGOs and CBOs.
CHANGES IN CONTEXT (SINCE DECEMBER 2014)
The Australian Government will provide additional humanitarian assistance for people in need in Burma, including vital support to improve security and livelihoods for vulnerable communities in Rakhine state.
This contribution builds on our long-term support to Burma’s economic, political and social reform process, and our commitment to address security challenges in Burma.
It will also undermine the ability of people smugglers to sell the false hope of unsafe boat journeys to neighbouring countries.
The MIMU 3W gathers inputs from participating agencies on Who is doing What, Where in Myanmar. It is currently conducted every 6 months.
205 agencies participated in the April 15 3W, providing information on their activities in 19 sectors and 145 sub-sectors which have been defined by technical/sector working groups. There is still likely to be under-reporting of the specific activities of field-based local NGOs and CBOs.
Iraq: Islamic State have taken control of Ramadi. 500 died and 42,840 people fled fighting in the city over 16–17 May, adding to the 180,000 displaced in Anbar since early April. Access to new IDPs in Habbaniyah, Khadiyah district, is limited due to insecurity, and health concerns are growing.
LHOKSUKON, Indonesia, May 18 (UNHCR) – As governments in the region deliberate over what to do with boatloads of vulnerable people stranded at sea, the people of Indonesia have spoken.
In the last week, Indonesian fishermen have rescued more than 1,300 Bangladeshis and Rohingya from Myanmar after they drifted or swam to shore in the provinces of Aceh and North Sumatra. Local communities have mobilized donations of food, water as well as moral support – all desperately needed after the terrible ordeal the boat people have been through.
A second major earthquake struck on 12 May east of Kathmandu. The 7.3 magnitude quake caused further destruction to buildings and homes damaged by last month's quake. The death toll from the two quakes stands at over 8,580 with over 16,800 injured, according to the Nepali Ministry of Home Affairs.
A total of 216 displacement sites were identified across 11 districts. Shelter, drinking water and resumption of livelihood activities are reported as the priority needs.
BANGKOK, May 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thai shelters for Rohingya women and children desperately need more assistance to care for victims of a deepening trafficking crisis across Southeast Asia, activists said on Friday.
WRITER: PATSARA JIKKHAM
The government will build more temporary shelters for illegal migrants pending their repatriation, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Thursday.
The facilities would be for temporary detention only and would never be permanent camps for illegal migrants, he said.
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Snapshot 6–12 May 2015
Iraq: Conflict has escalated in a number of locations. In Anbar, fighting has displaced more than 47,000 in Karmah district, and more than 133,000 around Ramadi. Clashes between Islamic State and government forces have intensified around Baiji oil refinery, in Salah al Din.
There are more than 240,000 people in Myanmar who remain internally displaced as a result of conflict or violence occurring since 2011. Myanmar is one of the countries at highest risk of natural disasters in South East Asia and disaster preparedness is a major challenge with the upcoming monsoon season.
Emergency shelter remains the top response priority, especially with the imminent monsoon rains. Other priority needs include sanitation and hygiene support, household items, medical kits and supplies, food and protection.
To date, 70,000 tarpaulins and nearly 6,000 tents were distributed; nearly 370,000 people received food; more than 345,000 people were provided with safe drinking water and more than 250,000 people with hygiene support.
70,000 tarpaulins delivered
370,000 people received food
Village + Camp-level Results
The April’15 3W provides a snapshot of active project implementation as of March 25th, 2015 in villages and IDP camps across Myanmar as reported by implementing agencies. Information on planned and recently completed projects can be found in the 3W Data, available as an Excel file, and are also reflected on the 3W Dashboard.
BANGKOK, May 6 – The UN refugee agency is deeply concerned at this week's discovery of dozens of bodies in smugglers' camps in southern Thailand. The agency calls on countries in the region to strengthen cooperation on counter-smuggling and counter-trafficking measures while ensuring the protection of victims.
In recent days Thai authorities have announced that they found the remains of some 30 people believed to originate in Myanmar and Bangladesh. Investigations are ongoing, with initial police accounts citing illness and abuse as likely causes of death.
Snapshot 29 April–5 May 2015
Nepal: The death toll from the earthquake has reached 7,250, with more than 14,000 injured. Aftershocks are still occurring, and some villages have still not been reached. 300,000 homes are estimated to need rebuilding or repair.
Yemen: The estimated number of IDPs has doubled since 17 April to reach 300,000, as conflict continues. Food distribution, health, and WASH systems are on the verge of collapse, due in large part to severe fuel shortages.