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12 Apr 2016 description

WFP is the recognized global leader in the fight against hunger. In this role, WFP is committed to meeting the needs of the people it serves with the most effective support, and cash-based transfers (CBT) is the reflection of the progress made in innovative delivery of food assistance in an everchanging world.

12 Apr 2016 description

OVERVIEW

Humanitarian organizations are currently provding assistance to over one million people in Myanmar. This includes 460,000 people who were severely affected by the devastating floods in July/August 2015 who continue to require support, particularly in the food security sector.

KACHIN AND SHAN

12 Apr 2016 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • IDPs in camps in Rakhine State urgently need repairs to their shelters ahead of the rainy season

  • Dry season water shortages in Rakhine State

  • Thousands displaced following renewed clashes in northern Shan State in February and March

  • Majority of people in flood evacuation sites have now been resettled, but over 3,000 remain displaced

  • Major assessment by FAO and WFP shows that food security and livelihoods are still at risk following 2015 floods

11 Apr 2016 description

The ICRC as a neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian organizazion continues to help those affected by the armed conflict, other situations of violence and natural disasters where it has an operationel presence. Wherever possible, activites are carried out with its partner, the Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS).

Below is an overview of the ICRC's work in Myanmar during 2015.

11 Apr 2016 description

Living on the banks of the Chindwin River in Myanmar's Sagaing region, Daw Nye Mya (60) reports that she "had never seen flooding as bad" as the floods which swept through her village in July and August 2015.

When the floods first hit, she and her three daughters fled to the hills with only the clothes on their backs. The villagers from Yin Yein used small boats to ferry the children and elderly first and took their valuable livestock with them. A month later a second wave of flooding followed.

08 Apr 2016 description

Context: Despite recent progress, undernutrition rates in Myanmar continue to be among the highest of the region. According to the MICS 2009-2010 more than one third of all the children under five (35 percent) are undernourished and too short for their age1. Micronutrient deficiencies are also common in Myanmar, further adding to the burden of malnutrition.

07 Apr 2016 description

Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation always helps those who are in need, no matter where they are in the world. In Myanmar, serious floods struck many areas in June last year. Since then, Tzu Chi has held 44-time rice seed distributions for the farmers affected by floods. The volunteers had to prepare well beforehand, to ensure the success of each distribution.

Giving farmers renewed hope

01 Apr 2016 description

The after effects of a natural disaster can be felt in abundance. In 2015, Cyclone Komen caused flooding and landslides across the country’s states and regions. Reports of gender-based violence (GBV) increased, and as the capacity for local organizations to provide support was limited, UNFPA deployed a psychosocial support training specialist into the cyclone hit areas. The training was designed to enable local organizations and networks, regardless of their specific sector of response, to assist women in critical conditions in flood affected areas across Myanmar.

29 Mar 2016 description
report Peace Winds Japan

Torrential rains in July/August 2015 triggered by Cyclone Komen brought devastating damages to 12 of 14 states/regions in Myanmar, leaving more than one hundred people dead, cumulatively 400,000 households displaced, 1,000,000 acres of farmland damaged due to floods and landslides.

After the emergency phase, in which Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) distributed solar lanterns in the affected villages, PWJ implemented recovery assistance in Magway Region, Ayeyarwady Region, and Kayin State during September 2015 – January 2016

25 Mar 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Clashes in Shan displace more than 6,700 people in February and March

  • GoB closes 25 IDP camps in Rakhine following the resettlement of 25,000 IDPs

  • USG provides nearly $20 million to date in FY 2016

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • Humanitarian needs in Burma persist due to ongoing localized conflicts, prolonged population displacement, and continued vulnerability to natural disasters, such as drought.

22 Mar 2016 description

Snapshot 16 – 22 March

Somalia: On 15 March Al Shabaab moved into Puntland and seized control of Garad, a port town. In the following days Al Shabaab captured another coastal town in Nugaal region and attacked a security checkpoint near Bosaso. Most of the residents are reported to have fled the area. Al Shabaab has previously been active in Puntland, but generally around its base of the Galgala Mountains, west of Bosaso, and it has not attempted to take territory.

17 Mar 2016 description

Red Cross Red Crescent Movement partners actively involved in the operation: The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and a number of Partner National Societies are supporting MRCS in its response.

17 Mar 2016 description

Myanmar: In cyclone-struck rural areas, poorest people face highest food insecurity risk

Livestock and fisheries sectors yet to recover from severe damage

15 Mar 2016 description

Snapshot 9 – 15 March

Yemen: Insecurity in Aden is increasing, with attacks carried out on civilian targets. At least 150 people have been reported killed in the past three months, including at least 50 in March. Humanitarian actors have increasing difficulty to carry out operations. In Taizz, the west of the city has been taken by pro-Hadi forces after heavy fighting: fighting for the east continues.

10 Mar 2016 description

UN report calls for urgent actions to tackle rising urban disasters in Asia-Pacific

10 Mar 2016 description

Like so many communities in rural Myanmar, the 114 families in Tha Koar village depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. The village is in central Rakhine state, one of the six states or regions worst affected by the floods that swept through Myanmar between July and October 2015. In this village alone, nearly one-third of the houses were destroyed in the floods, 45 buffalo and cows were killed and 90 percent of the paddy crop was wiped out.

09 Mar 2016 description

Global crop prospects benign, but hunger intensifies in areas suffering from conflict

Food security worsens further in Southern Africa due to drought

9 March 2016, Rome - Thirty-four countries, including 27 in Africa, are currently in need of external assistance for food due to drought, flooding and civil conflicts, according to a new edition of FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report released today.

08 Mar 2016 description
report Caritas

A low rumbling sound came down into the mountain valley. Instinctively, Felista Vung Lam Nian gathered her two boys and two girls and ran as fast as they could up the mountain to St. Francis of Xavier’s, the local Catholic Church.

She along with the other 29 families found shelter at the Church for the first weeks after the landslide which demolished all but two of the homes in this little hamlet outside of the remote village of Tonzang, 5 hours west of the Diocesan seat of Kalay in northwest Myanmar, near the border with India.

08 Mar 2016 description

Snapshot 2–8 March 2016

Malawi and Mozambique: Flooding and drought have led to the most severe food crisis Malawi has faced in a decade: 2.8 million people face acute food insecurity, including 900,000 facing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes. In Mozambique, an estimated 600,000 people are in Crisis due to drought. In addition, 9,300 Mozambicans in Malawi who fled armed conflict need WASH, health and shelter assistance.