Myanmar: Floods and Landslides - Jul 2017

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FL-2017-000091-MMR

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Monsoon rains and increased water levels in major rivers have caused seasonal floods in Magway and Sagaing regions since the beginning of July. In addition, Ayeyarwady, Bago and Mandalay regions, as well as Kayin State, have been affected by floods since the second week of July due to continuous heavy rains. According to the Government of Myanmar’s Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) in Nay Pyi Taw, as of 21 July more than 91,000 people across 29 townships in Magway, Sagaing, Bago and Ayeyarwady regions, as well as in Kayin State, have been temporarily displaced/evacuated since early July and at least two people have died due to floods and landslides...Magway is the most severely affected region with almost 63,000 people, who have been temporarily displaced/evacuated across 12 townships. Pokkoku and Yesagyo are the most affected townships with 34,000 and 13,000 people temporarily displaced, respectively. In both townships, RRD has built evacuation sites with support from civil society organizations. (OCHA, 21 Jul 2017)

As of 25 July, the cumulative number of people who had been temporarily displaced/evacuated since the beginning of July in flood-affected states and regions was reported to be almost 140,000, according to [RRD]...Magway remains the most severely affected region with over 92,000 people reported to have been temporarily displaced across 12 townships, with Pokkoku, Yesagyo and Yenanchaung townships the worst affected, according to RRD. (OCHA, 27 Jul 2017)

As of the end of July, the seasonal floods reached across five states and six regions, including the Union Territory, which includes the country's administrative capital, Nay Pyi Taw. According to the Government of Myanmar’s Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) in Nay Pyi Taw, the total cumulative number of people who were temporarily displaced/evacuated in Magway, Ayeyarwady, Sagaing, Bago, Tanintharyi and Yangon regions as well as in Mon, Kayin and Rakhine states and the Union Territory between 1 and 30 July, was reported to be more than 200,000. At least three people are reported to have died due to flooding. As of 1 August, more than 74,000 people remained displaced in 53 evacuation centres in five states and regions. (OCHA, 3 Aug 2017)

As of 16 August, over 74,000 people remained temporarily displaced in 49 evacuation sites in Sagaing, and Ayeyarwady regions, and in Kachin and Mon states in Myanmar due to seasonal floods. The cumulative number of people who have been temporarily displaced/evacuated between 1 July and 16 August is over 214,000, although most have since returned to their homes. In Sagaing Region, six townships are experiencing floods for a second time this monsoon season, while three townships in Kachin are newly affected by floods. (OCHA, 21 Aug 2017)

The seasonal floods in July and August affected 13 of the country’s 14 states and regions. Magway, Ayeyarwady, Sagaing, Bago and Mandalay were the most affected regions with tens of thousands of people displaced or evacuated. According to the Government of Myanmar’s Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) in Nay Pyi Taw, the cumulative number of people who were temporarily displaced or evacuated in flood-affected states and regions between 1 July and 12 September was more than 320,000. This number also includes people who were displaced a second time in mid-August. At least eight people were reported to be killed due to the flooding. (OCHA, 22 Sep 2017)

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