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12 Feb 2018 description

PACIFIC

Tropical Cyclone Gita passed Samoa on 10 February and Niue on 11 February, with damage and localized flooding reported in Samoa. TC Gita is forecast to strike Tonga on the evening of 12 February. As of 12 February, 12:00 UTC, TC Gita continues to move west as a Category 4 cyclone with winds of up to 213 km/h, it is expected to maintain this intensity as it passes over Tonga and into Fijian territorial waters. More than 80,000 people in Tonga are currently expected to be impacted by cyclone strength winds.

MYANMAR

12 Feb 2018 description

This Situation Update describes events occurring in Ler Doh Soh Township and K’Hser Doh Township, Mergui-Tavoy District during the period between February and April 2017, including roads and transportation, education, healthcare, communication, logging, military activity and arbitrary land confiscation by private companies.

  • Villagers in K’Mo Thway area and Kleh Mu Hti area, Mergui-Tavoy District, faced difficulties travelling during the rainy season due to floods that damaged roads and bridges. This impacted villagers’ business and health.

12 Feb 2018 description

This Situation Update describes events occurring in Win Yay Township and Kyainseikgyi Township Dooplaya District during the period between June and August 2017, including Tatmadaw activity, education, healthcare, development projects, land confiscation and recently returned IDPs and refugees.

  • In June 2017, Tatmadaw Infantry Battalion (IB) #283, IB #31, local business people and a Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) company commander from Battalion #17 conducted logging in community forests in violation of village rules.

12 Feb 2018 description

This Interview with Saw Bx--- describes events occurring in Htantabin Township, Toungoo District, during the period between December 2015 and January 2016, including land confiscation and demonstrations.

  • In 2009, Kaung Myanmar Aung Company (KMAC) confiscated land in O---, L---, M--- and N--- villages after successfully applying to the Burma/Myanmar government to designate those lands as virgin and uncultivated land. Villagers who were using that land for their livelihoods have been sued by KMAC for trespassing multiple times.

11 Feb 2018 description
report Voice of America

Ben Dunant

YANGON — Last month, the residents of Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, felt a strong bump in the night. Their national leaders in Naypyidaw, the country's thinly populated capital, were also stirred from their sleep.

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck between the two cities, in the early hours of January 12.

11 Feb 2018 description
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February 11th, 2018 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has launched an expanded relief intervention for the Rohingya refugees who fled the violence in Rakhine, Myanmar, to Bangladesh.
The $500,000 project is funded by Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD). It is aimed at meeting the urgent needs of refugees in Cox's Bazar City, by covering the sectors of shelter, food and nonfood items, and water and sanitation.
Till the end of January 2018, a total of 18,761 families (112,566 people) have been reached out with the following services:

11 Feb 2018 description
report Direct Relief

In response to the Rohingya refugee crisis and in advance of the upcoming monsoon season, Direct Relief committed an initial $250,000 in cash Friday and made available its full inventory of medical resources to support the provision of quality health care in Rohingya settlements.

10 Feb 2018 description

Cox's Bazar – Boris Johnson, United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary, met with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh on 10 February and described as “unimaginable” the conditions they will face when the monsoon hits their camps in coming weeks.

The foreign secretary, who was due to meet with state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar on Sunday 11 February, promised to help after refugees broke down in tears while telling him their experiences, fears and concerns at a meeting hosted by IOM, the UN migration Agency.

10 Feb 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

Matthew Wells is a Senior Crisis Advisor at Amnesty International, and has just returned from two weeks of research in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Abdu Salam stayed in his village as Myanmar soldiers and local vigilantes burned down dozens of homes there last August. He stayed as news spread of atrocities that soldiers had committed in other Rohingya villages across northern Rakhine State. He stayed because Hpon Nyo Leik village was his home, the only home he’d known, and he wanted to protect his family’s property and right to live there.

09 Feb 2018 description
report IHH

Minister of Culture and Tourism Numan Kurtulmuş and his accompanying team visited the Coordination Center, which IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation has opened in Bangladesh after the Arakan crisis, to get information about the work.

Minister of Culture and Tourism Numan Kurtulmuş, who visited the camps of Arakanese Muslims in Cox's Bazar city of Bangladesh near Myanmar, went to IHH Coordination Center and received information about the foundation's activities in the region.

09 Feb 2018 description

to assist
180 000 people

FAO requires
USD 8 million

period
January – December 2018

In Rakhine State, the situation deteriorated dramatically in late 2017. After a series of armed attacks on border guard police posts in northern Rakhine, violence led to mass displacement, including 688 000 people who have sought refuge in Bangladesh since 25 August. Since 2012, violence has resulted in the internal displacement of 241 000 people across the country.

Objectives

09 Feb 2018 description

Refugees remain anxious about the prospect of returns to Myanmar taking place in the near future. They reiterated that they will not consider going back to Myanmar unless questions of citizenship, legal rights, access to services and restitution are addressed.

09 Feb 2018 description

to assist
485 000 people

FAO requires
USD 22.4 million

period
March – December 2018

Since 25 August 2017, 688 000 Rohingya refugees escaping violence and persecution in Myanmar have settled in camps, settlements and within host communities in Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh, bringing the total number of refugees in the area to more than 900 300.

Objectives

FAO is working with partners in the Food Security Sector to:

09 Feb 2018 description

Executive summary

Introduction

Typhoon Haiyan (Philippine name, ‘Yolanda’), made landfall in the Philippines on 8 November 2013. It is considered to be one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded in world history, based on maximum wind speed, with a wind gust reaching up to 320 km/hour at its peak.

09 Feb 2018 description

ERAT FAQ is a handbook that contains information about the history, deployment mechanism, training and other important information of ASEAN-ERAT. The handbook will be useful to help new ERAT members understand their roles and functions better.

09 Feb 2018 description
  • 900,000 Rohingya Population in Cox’s Bazar District

  • 688,000 New Rohingya Arrivals since 25 August 2017 in Cox’s Bazar

  • 1.2 Million People in Need in Cox’s Bazar

Key Highlights

09 Feb 2018 description

The AJDRP (ASEAN Joint Disaster Response Plan) book is the published version of the ASEAN Joint Disaster Response Plan that was endorsed by the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) meeting in Manado, Indonesia, on October 2016. The plan contains multiple large scale disaster scenarios and list of assets that can be mobilised by the member states in the event of large-scale disasters. The goal of the Plan is to provide a common framework to deliver a timely, at-scale and joint response through mobilisation of required assets and capacities.

09 Feb 2018 description

This Situation Update describes events occurring in Ler Doh Soh Township and K’Hser Doh Township, Mergui-Tavoy District during the period between February and April 2017, including roads and transportation, education, healthcare, communication, logging, military activity and arbitrary land confiscation by private companies.

-_Villagers in K’Mo Thway area and Kleh Mu Hti area, Mergui-Tavoy District, faced difficulties travelling during the rainy season due to floods that damaged roads and bridges. This impacted villagers’ business and health._