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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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by Maryann Zamora, Plan International
Rohingya couple Dilara, 21, and Rahimullah, 24, grappled with this question.
In their makeshift dwelling cramped camp, their fourth child was born. They named it Anowar.
It was a difficult birth. Dilara gave birth lying on the hard ground of their tent with only a mat and used sack protecting her body from the bare earth. She was helped out by a fellow Rohingya woman who is known to be a traditional birth attendant.
Eight of Australia’s major humanitarian organisations have issued a joint plea for urgent funds to help more than a million people who have fled extreme violence in Myanmar.
The new initiative is a reflection of the severity of the situation in Myanmar and Bangladesh—the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world.
The mass movement of people to the Cox’s Bazar region of Bangladesh has become increasingly desperate.
The majority of those arriving in Bangladesh from Myanmar are distressed and exhausted women and children. Plan International urges the Government of Bangladesh to facilitate unhindered access to the settlements in Cox's Bazar so the child protection response can be scaled up.
The needs of vulnerable Rohingya children arriving in Bangladesh must be prioritised by the international community. Adolescent girls, in particular, must be protected, as they are one of the groups most at risk of gender-based violence within the camps.
The Policy and Advocacy Task Team of the Gender-based Violence Area of Responsibility (GBV AoR) 1 recognizes the continuing generosity of the Government and people of Bangladesh in keeping their borders open to the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict and violence in Myanmar.
The GBVAoR, in support of the Bangladesh GBV Sub-Sector, calls upon donors and states to:
Humanitarian Organizations call for immediate humanitarian access to those in need:
One month since the 25 August attacks and subsequent security response, INGOs in Myanmar are increasingly concerned about severe restrictions on humanitarian access and impediments to the delivery of critically needed humanitarian assistance throughout Rakhine State.
The undersigned humanitarian and development NGOs operating in Kachin and Northern Shan States in Myanmar are gravely concerned about the continually escalating armed conflict and the severely deteriorating security situation for the civilian population in Kachin and Northern Shan States.
ASSI is implemented by ASEAN Secretariat in close cooperation with civil society organisations (namely Plan International, World Vision, Save the Children and MERCY Malaysia) and the AADMER Partnership Group and is supported by European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) and Australian Aid.
ASEAN Common Framework on School Safety
The undersigned international NGOs operating in Kachin and Northern Shan States in Myanmar are gravely concerned about the ongoing armed conflict and its recent intensification. We are also concerned about threats to the safety of civilians and increasing restrictions on access to those in need.
Myanmar is exposed to a range of natural hazards, including cyclones, floods, earthquakes, storm surges, landslides and droughts. The Global Climate Risk Index 2015 cites the country as being - together with Honduras and Haiti – one of the nations hardest hit by natural hazards in the last two decades and where more disaster events are likely to occur in the near future.
10 August 2015 - Life-saving supplies are getting through to some of the hardest hit communities in Rakhine State after heavy monsoon rains and Cyclone Kormen caused large-scale flooding in Myanmar.
Plan International has started providing clean drinking water, hygiene kits, aqua tabs and tarpaulins to almost 17,500 people in Minbya Township.
More than 590,000 people have been affected across the country, including 200,000 children. To date, 89 people have died, and more than 217,000 acres of farmland have been destroyed.
Disasters from natural hazards are increasing and becoming more complex. Governments are falling short of the promises they made under the Hyogo Framework for Action, and globally, not enough is being done to reduce risk for the most vulnerable people, including women, children, and people who are marginalized and living in poverty.
Posted by Jimmy Tuhaise, Plan Emergency Response Manager
Jimmy Tuhaise Ahead of World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, Emergency Response Manager Jimmy Tuhaise blogs about the impact of Plan’s work with children in conflict-hit Myanmar and Mali.
I’ve been doing this job for over 10 years. I like humanitarian work because it saves lives. What you do for a child within the first few weeks of an emergency or disaster makes a difference to the rest of their life.
17 September 2012: Plan is distributing relief kits to 3,375 people in 4 flood-affected villages of Kyaung Gone Township in Myanmar.
Monsoon flooding in August affected 70,000 people along the Ayeyarwady Delta, forcing 467 schools to close.
An assessment conducted by Plan and local partner Swanyee Development Foundation identified a need for non-food items among families who had been unable to evacuate from the villages of Pauk Ngu, Doe Tan, Tet Seik, Laye Kwellaher.
9 July 2012: Plan today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Myanmar that allows the global organisation to run new programmes in the country to improve the lives of children.
The formal agreement was signed between Haider Yaqub, Plan’s Deputy Regional Director for Asia, and representatives from the Department of Social Welfare in the capital Nay Pyi Taw.
“We are very proud to announce that we can now build on all the work we have done in Myanmar so far and start implementing new programmes in the country,” said Mr Yaqub.
An Interview with Abe Pearpha, Universal Birth Registration Manager of Plan Thailand
Q: What kind of problems do stateless children in Thailand face?
Knowledge is power. A truism, granted, but oh so true, as well known by 13-year-old Sur and 14-yearold Arbiew, stateless girls in Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand.
Disasters, with ever increasing frequency and intensity, are a major humanitarian concern. But disasters can be mitigated and their impact minimised if people take steps to reduce risks. Disaster risk reduction (DRR) measures are far less expensive compared with the cost of loss of life and the cost of managing its consequences. When actions to reduce risk are taken before a disaster strikes, the extent of the loss and damages is diminished and the resumption of education is swift. Disaster risk reduction is significant for education response in emergencies.
Three years after Cyclone Nargis decimated Myanmar’s southern coast, Plan is winding down relief and recovery efforts and is upgrading its long-term presence in the country.
The cyclone which struck in early May 2008, devastating the Ayeyarwady Delta and Yangon regions, killed more than 140,000 people and injured many more. Damage was estimated at $10 billion.
Plan is winding down relief and recovery efforts in Myanmar, 2 years after parts of the country were devastated by Cyclone Nargis.
The cyclone struck Myanmar in early May 2008, devastating the Ayeyarwady Delta and Yangon regions, and killing more than 140,000 people.