Myanmar: Floods and Landslides - Jun 2010
In mid-June 2010, the Northern Rakhine State in Myanmar faced continuous rains that caused flooding in several areas, including Maungdaw and Buthidaung. By 16 June, the government confirmed the death of 42 people (OCHA, 16 Jun 2010), with this number rising to 68 by 2 July. Joint needs assessments estimated that about 29,000 families were severely affected by the floods, including 634 houses completely destroyed in Buthidaung and 180 in Maungdaw (OCHA, 2 Jul 2010). In response, OCHA released an Emergency Cash Grant of USD 49,500 for the purchase of NFIs including tarpaulin sheets, kitchen sets and mosquito nets. (OCHA, 28 Jun 2010)
Myanmar ranks first on OCHA’s list of most at-risk Asia-Pacific countries in 2012.
The country is vulnerable to a wide range of hazards, including floods, cyclones, earthquakes, landslides and tsunamis. The likelihood for medium to large-scale natural disasters to occur every couple of years is high, according to historical data.
Myanmar ranks first as the ‘most at risk’ country in Asia the Pacific according to the UN Risk Model. The country is vulnerable to a wide range of hazards, including floods, cyclones, earthquakes, landslides and tsunamis. The likelihood for medium to large-scale natural disasters to occur every couple of years is high, according to historical data.
The assessment is a follow-up to the Food Security and Nutrition Assessment conducted in Northern Rakhine State in September 2009 with the following objectives:
Estimate current food insecurity in Northern Rakhine State and understand major drivers of food insecurity
Analyse trends and assess the impact of the June/July floods on households’ food security and vulnerability status
Provide recommendations to design appropriate responses to improve food security in Northern Rakhine State
Friday, 18 March 2011 21:06 Te Te
New Delhi (Mizzima) - A 200 percent price rise has hit the Rangoon salt market as a result of unseasonably heavy rains that have damaged salt producing fields.
On Thursday, the salt price shot up from 80 kyat (about US$ 1) to 180 kyat per viss (about 1.6 kilograms).
The Shan Herald news agency reported that the salt price in Muse near the Sino-Burmese border also increased up to 300 percent.
The unseasonably heavy rain came at a time when salt is being dried in the sun in salt producing fields in the Irrawaddy Division, resulting in scarcity, …
National monitoring essential step in preventing the emergence of malaria drug resistance
GENEVA -- The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on countries to be increasingly vigilant in monitoring antimalarial drug efficacy in order to allow for early detection of artemisinin resistance. This is one among several conclusions of the "Global report on antimalarial drug efficacy and drug resistance: 2000-2010", released today.
After two-and-a-half-years' extensive engagement of the Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) in the country's biggestever relief and recovery operation following Cyclone Nargis which hit the Ayeyarwady and Yangon divisions in early May 2008, the coming year 2011 will finally bring an end to major Nargis-related activities in the delta areas.
In the context of the Asia Pacific zone, its demographic, socio-economic and environmental trends, and the IFRC's strategic priorities, the Southeast Asia regional office team continues to support the 11 national societies in Southeast Asia. The countries of the region remain vulnerable to health and disaster-related risks. Disasters which annually affect the region include cyclones, typhoons, floods and earthquakes.
This update covers the period from 1 to 31 October 2010 and is issued on 31 October 2010.I. Highlights
- Continuous rains in Chin State during the first and second week of October damaged roads, bridges, paddy fields, upland farms and irrigation canals in Chin State.
- Increased food assistance is required in the Southern townships following the recent rat infestation which caused damages to the crops in the area.
- WFP has completed a food security assessment and the findings will be shared with the partner soon.
From January to the end of September 2010, CERF has allocated over $372 million, more than the historical annual average of $355 million. During the third quarter of 2010, CERF allocated $90 million. Given funding levels of previous years, CERF disbursements for 2010 will likely pass the $400 million mark by the end of the year.
The second round of underfunded allocations for 2010 has been completed.
19 Oct 2010 23:01:06 GMT
* Bangladesh, India, Madagascar most at risk-Maplecroft
* Nordic region least vulnerable to global warming
By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent
OSLO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Bangladesh and India are the countries most vulnerable to climate change, according to an index on Wednesday that rates the Nordic region least at risk.
British consultancy Maplecroft said its rankings showed that several "big economies of the future" in Asia were among those facing the biggest risks from global warming in the next 30 years as were …
NAY PYI TAW, 13 Oct-Due to heavy rains from 7 to 9 October, floods and damages of motor roads and railroads occurred in some States and Regions.
By AYE NAI
Floodwaters in Mandalay town are now subsiding but relief workers say that victims are still in need of drinking water and food supplies.
Water levels reached a record high last week, state media in Burma said. Up to 2000 people have since been hospitalised in Mandalay, in central Burma, where the flooding was worst.
By THE IRRAWADDY Monday, October 11, 2010
Thousands of people remain homeless in Mandalay as water levels from flooding have not dropped sharply following torrential downpours over the past few days, a relief worker said.
"The water level is around two meters in some places.
Monday, 11 October 2010 23:48 Salai Tun
New Delhi (Mizzima) - A 64-year-old man was washed down a creek in a flash flood in Chin State over the weekend after more than a week of incessant torrential rain in Burma's west, villagers said.
Around a dozen people have been killed as heavy rains and floods lash several parts of Burma. Thousands more have been left homeless after being evacuated from towns and villages.
Among the hardest hit regions is the Mandalay division where around 2,000 people have been hospitalised.
NAY PYI TAW, 8 Oct-Heavy rains on 6 and 7 October caused floods, landslides and damages on some parts of motor roads and railroads in some States and Regions.
Due to heavy rains, landslides occurred on the railroad between Bonchaung and Namhkam stations on Mandalay-Myitkyina railroad at 10 pm on 6 October.
Officials of Myanma Railways completed repair of the railroad section at 6 pm.
By KO HTWE Friday, October 8, 2010
Several parts of Mandalay are suffering from flooding due to three days of continuous rain.
- Food security is a major concern in Chin State, particularly in the Southern part, following torrential rains which caused damages to the harvests. These also resulted in transportation difficulties leading to an increase in the price of food commodities.
- An increasing number of people are leaving Chin State to look for better job opportunities
This NTS Alert offers an overview of the initiatives taken by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to operationalise the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER), the first and only legally binding agreement on regional disaster management.
September 2010, Northern Rakhine State - THOUSANDS of flood-affected households in two townships in Northern Rakhine State (NRS) have benefitted by taking part in UNDP-supported immediate income generating activities that continued until mid-September.
Torrential rains and strong winds in mid-June caused extensive damage to housing, community infrastructure and cropping fields in the area, leaving many people with no means of earning money after the rains stopped falling.
The UNDP's immediate income generating activities (IIGA) have been underway since early July to deliver …