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- Myanmar: Floods and Landslides - Jul 2017
- Tropical Cyclone Mora - May 2017
- Myanmar: Floods - Jun 2016
- Tropical Cyclone Roanu - May 2016
- South-East Asia: Drought - 2015-2017
- Tropical Cyclone Komen - Jul 2015
- Myanmar: Floods and Landslides - Jul 2015
- Myanmar: Floods - Jul 2014
- Myanmar: Floods - Aug 2013
- Tropical Cyclone Mahasen - May 2013
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- New partnership to reach half a million people in Rakhine with humanitarian and development aid
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- Millions in Myanmar to Benefit from Disaster Preparedness
Humanitarian access to northern Rakhine remains constrained, limiting relief actors’ ability to conduct needs assessments and implement activities.
Preparations for refugee repatriation are ongoing, despite continued insecurity.
Relief actors prepare for upcoming cyclone and monsoon seasons in Cox’s Bazar.
KEY DEVELOPMENTS ￼￼￼￼￼
• Humanitarian access to northern Rakhine remains limited; insecurity and intercommunal tensions persist
• Approximately 900,500 people displaced from Burma to Bangladesh need assistance
• FFP contributes $18.4 million to WFP to support vulnerable populations in Bangladesh
Drought, earthquakes, floods, typhoons, volcanoes, and civil unrest, compounded by limited government response capacity in some countries, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Between FY 2008 and FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.
Burma has a population of approximately 53 million people comprising at least 135 ethnic groups. Armed conflict, inter-communal violence, high food prices and recurrent natural disasters continue to undermine food security in Burma.
According to the UN, approximately 779,000 conflict-affected people living in Kayin, Shan, Kachin and Rakhine states are vulnerable to severe food insecurity.
Ongoing violence and insecurity in Rakhine State prompts nearly 655,000 people to flee to Bangladesh
Access constraints impede delivery of assistance to conflict-affected populations in Burma
USG provides additional $7.6 million to support nutrition activities for refugees in Bangladesh
Ongoing violence and insecurity in Rakhine State displaces nearly 620,000 people to Bangladesh
Humanitarian access constraints impede delivery of relief assistance to affected populations in Rakhine
USG announces more than $47 million in additional assistance for the Rakhine crisis
I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Burma, a country in transition, has an estimated population of approximately 53 million comprising 135 different ethnic groups. Conflict, natural disasters, poor agricultural production, high food prices, and pest outbreaks currently pose threats to nationwide food security.
Office of the Spokesperson
October 29, 2017
Widespread violence and insecurity in Rakhine State since August 25 displaces at least 501,800 people to Bangladesh
Humanitarian access constraints impede delivery of relief assistance to affected populations
USG provides additional $40 million in assistance for affected populations in Burma and Bangladesh
More than 31 percent of Bangladeshis live below the national poverty line, according the UN World Food Program (WFP). Frequent natural disasters—including floods and cyclones—exacerbate issues caused by the high national poverty rate.
Burma, a country in transition, has an estimated population of approximately 53 million comprising 135 different ethnic groups. Regional production disparities caused by local policies, high food prices, pest outbreaks, floods, limited agricultural and financial inputs, armed conflict and communal violence pose threats to nationwide food security.
Monsoon-related flooding temporarily displaces at least 91,000 people
Tropical Cyclone Mora affects approximately 150,000 people in May
Insecurity in Kachin, Rakhine, and Shan drives sporadic displacement, limits humanitarian access