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Act Alliance Appeal: Assistance to Flood affected - MMR132

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Assistance to flood affected - MMR132

Appeal Target: US$396,656

Balance Requested: US$286,228

This appeal replaces the preliminary appeal issued 30 August 2013

Geneva, 21 November 2013

Dear Colleagues,

According to OCHA (16 Aug 2013), 73,300 people were displaced by monsoon floods and were residing in temporary relocation camps in several regions in Myanmar including Kayin, Mon, Tanintharyi and Rakhine States and the Ayeyawady Region. Although most people in the relocation camps in Kayin State have returned to their villages, information from the Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) and humanitarian community indicate that people have been forced yet again to these camps by a second wave of flooding due to further heavy rains in September.

According to the most recent assessment from the RRD, 662 households from 11 villages were displaced to relief camps in Bilin Township alone. Of the 3,000 displaced in Bilin relief camps 2,008 (about 66.9%) were children under 12 years of age. The RRD also reported that out of 14,230 acres of farmland, about 4,865 acres (34.2%) in Bilin’s ten village tracts were submerged under the flood waters.

The floods experienced in 2013 have been the worst for the past 10 years. According to assessments conducted by ACT forum local partners the main problems include the severe damage / destruction of agricultural land along with the total destruction of the current monsoon harvest which will have far reaching effects, not only on the immediate food security of the rural communities’ but also on immediate and longer-term livelihood. Furthermore, clean water supplies, sanitation, health care and education issues, especially in the remote villages, have received limited or no external help due to lack of accessibility (flooded and/or damaged roads and bridges).

Members of the ACT Myanmar Forum – Church World Service (CWS Asia & Pacific), and Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) along with partners are planning to provide emergency aid comprising of food and non-food items; food security along with early recover and livelihood restoration; cash for work; shelter; water and sanitation; healthcare; protection and training. DanChurchAid (DCA) and Lutheran World Federation have withdrawn from the appeal.