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31 Dec 2010 description

Executive Summary

Aung San Suu Kyi once famously said, "We must hope for the best, but prepare for the worst". As this report is being written the first elected government for 20 years is being formed in Burma following the November General Election. The convening of parliament, new and more complex political structures plus the freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi herself, all offer hope of reconciliation and change; of a more constructive relationship with the international community, increasing humanitarian space and resolution of decades of conflict.

20 Dec 2010 description

Yangon, 20 December --- Local communities have demonstrated remarkable resilience in coping with the destructions caused by Cyclone Giri, which struck on 22 October.

20 Dec 2010 description

Myanmar ATS situation worsening

20 December 2010 - According to the latest Myanmar Situation Assessment on Amphetamine-Type Stimulants (ATS), the manufacture, trafficking and consumption of synthetic drugs in the country and region is worsening.

Published by UNODC, the report indicates that the impact of methamphetamine and other ATS trafficked from Myanmar affects not only the country's immediate neighbours but also parts of East and South-East Asia.

19 Dec 2010 description

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

- The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, together with UNHCR, WFP country representatives and the OCHA head of office visited the cyclone affected areas on 13-15 December.

13 Dec 2010 description

Jump in South-East Asian opium poppy cultivation

13 December 2010 - The 2010 South-East Asia Opium Survey was released today and shows a surge in opium cultivation in the region over the past year. Combining the UNODC Lao PDR and Myanmar Opium Surveys as well as information on poppy cultivation in Thailand from that country's Office of the Narcotics Control Board, the Survey points to rising levels of opium poppy cultivation across all three countries.

It also highlights the continued high opium prices seen in recent years.

03 Dec 2010 description

This update covers the period from 1 October to 30 November 2010 and is issued on 3 December 2010.

I. Highlights

=B7 Cyclone Giri hit Southern Chin State on 23 October causing various levels of damage to farm lands, irrigation systems, bridges and roads.

=B7 The findings of an assessment undertaken in November by WFP Hakha Office in 14 villages in Mindat and Kanpetlet Townships indicate that the communities have lost approximately 90% of their cultivated crops due to rat infestation. The crops damage results in a food shortage since mid October.

30 Nov 2010 description

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

- The Prime Minister made a second visit to the affected areas in Myebon, Kyaukpyu and Sittwe Townships on 24 November 2010.

- The USG/ERC has approved CERF (Central Emergency Response Fund) funding amounting to approximately US$ 6 million for the response to Cyclone Giri.

- As of 26 November 2010, 9, 306 tarpaulins and 6,037 Emergency Shelter Kits (ESK)/NFI kits are in the final stage of distribution to beneficiaries in the affected area, mainly in villages in Myebon and Minbya Townships and a few villages in Pauktaw Township.

30 Nov 2010 description

Executive Summary

In light of poor foreign exchange rates, increasing food costs and donor reluctance to continually increase funding, a consultancy to review TBBC's food basket and to develop cost saving food ration scenarios took place.

29 Nov 2010 description
report Save the Children

How can we make ourselves more accountable to the children and communities we work with and for when we respond to humanitarian disasters?

This case study shows how we made ourselves accountable to children and families after the cyclone that struck Myanmar in 2008. We set up information centres in local communities where children and families could feed back on our emergency response. Find out what we achieved, how we did it - including the tools we used - and the lessons we learned.

25 Nov 2010 description

Results of first rapid assessments conducted in affected villages of Myebon and Minbya Townships

Prepared by: Nicolas Guillaud, Food security and livelihoods coordinator _ ACF Myanmar, fsco@mm.missions-acf.org

Period covered by the assessments: October 26, 2010-November 4,2010

Methodology: Cyclone GIRI struck Rakhine State on the night of October 22 to 23, 2010. Starting October 24, ACF mobilized its staff (nationals and expatriates) present in Sitway office to conduct rapid assessments in areas affected by the cyclone.

23 Nov 2010 description

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

- As of 22nd of November, a total of 1,718mt of food has been distributed to nearly 200,000 beneficiaries in the 4 most affected townships.

- The State Health authorities have emphasized the need to prioritize the rebuilding of the health infrastructure.

- Clusters have identified funding needs close to US$53 million including emergency and early recovery phases. Out of these, donors have already pledged up to US$18 million.

20 Nov 2010 description

Australian Government

AusAID Media Release

MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

KEVIN RUDD

Australia is providing emergency assistance to the people of Burma in response to the damage caused by Cyclone Giri, which struck the Rakhine State on 22 October.

The cyclone killed 45 people, with estimates of at least 260,000 Burmese severely affected.

19 Nov 2010 description
report Thai Red Cross

After fighting broke out between ethnic minority Karen rebels and Myanmar Government's troops along Thai-Burmese border at the beginning of November, nearly 20,000 Burmese, mostly Karens, fled across the border into Thailand in Mae Sot district, Tak province, as well as to the north of the district.

The Red Cross health station in Tak Province along with the Red Cross Chapter in Tak Province dispatched relief teams to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to the civilians allowed by the Thai authorities to take refuge at the border patrol police unit, Mae Sot district.

18 Nov 2010 description

Period covered by this update: 29 Oct to 15 Nov 2010.

Summary:

On 29 Oct 2010, CHF 250,000 (USD 255,775 or EUR 183,300) was allocated from the IFRC's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Myanmar Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to 3,750 households (18,750 beneficiaries) affected by Cyclone Giri.

16 Nov 2010 description

Brussels, 16.11.2010

SEC(2010) 1428 final

Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT

INTRODUCTION

The Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO) is responsible for formulating EU humanitarian aid policy and for funding humanitarian aid - including food aid - to victims of conflicts or disasters, both natural and man-made, in non EU countries.

16 Nov 2010 description

HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES:

The first food distribution is expected to be completed by 20 November with 1,355 Mt of rice for nearly 200,000 beneficiaries.

Due to the severe damages to the livelihoods assets, it is anticipated that there will be very limited job opportunities for farm laborers over the next three months.

Increased storage capacity by WFP in both Myebon and Kyaukpyu with 800 metric tons or 900 cubic meter is now available to humanitarian organisations.

Findings available so far indicate that there are substantial needs in various sectors which are yet to be …

15 Nov 2010 description
report Tearfund

Remember, in prayer and by giving, the people of Myanmar who have been made homeless and lost their livelihoods following the devastating Cyclone Giri that hit last month.

This is the message from Tearfund's Country Representative for Myanmar Alison Fernandes, as media coverage focuses on election related violence. More than 101,000 people were made homeless and some 260,000 people need food aid and clean water. Some people have managed to build basic shelters from bamboo and thatch.

15 Nov 2010 description

The UK Government will give emergency food, water, sanitation and health care to more than a hundred thousand people in Burma as the full scale of destruction caused by Cyclone Giri has become clear, Secretary of State for International Development will announce today.

Evidence collected by independent agencies operating in Burma has now shown that more than 260,000 people have been severely affected and are in urgent need of emergency aid.

Many have lost their homes and means of earning a living in this 'hidden' disaster in the Western district of Rakhine State.

15 Nov 2010 description

DOCUMENT DE TRAVAIL DES SERVICES DE LA COMMISSION

Direction Générale Aide Humanitaire et Protection Civile

Copie de courtoisie de la DG ECHO du document SEC(2010)1428 du 15/11/2010

INTRODUCTION

La Direction Générale pour l'Aide Humanitaire et la Protection Civile (DG ECHO) est responsable de la formulation de la politique d'aide humanitaire de l'Union Européenne et du financement de l'aide humanitaire - y compris l'aide alimentaire d'urgence - en faveur des victimes de conflits ou catastrophes, tant d'origine naturelle que d'origine humaine, dans …