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Myanmar: Aid is still needed despite progress in Cyclone Nargis-affected areas

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Findings from the Periodic Review IV and Social Impacts Monitoring III, launched in Yangon by the Tripartite Core Group today, highlighted progress across sectors and across geographic areas impacted by Cyclone Nargis. The Reports, however, also indicated that aid continues to decline and debt continues to undermine the prospect for recovery and that many households remain fragile.

Building on the Periodic Review I, Periodic Review II, and Periodic Review III, the Periodic Review IV offers snapshots of the situation of Cyclone Nargis-affected populations at the time of data collection. Periodic Review IV provides an analysis of data collected between 4 May and 29 May 2010 in 30 townships in the Ayeyarwady and Yangon Divisions. The findings are presented in the following sectors: Livelihoods, Shelter, Education, Food Security, Nutrition, Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Disaster Risk Management, and Protection & Vulnerable Groups.

The Social Impacts Monitoring III (SIM III) was undertaken in March and May 2010. Similar to SIM I and SIM II, it examined aid effectiveness, the disaster's socio-economic impacts and its impact on social relations within and between communities in 40 villages in 8 townships.

"The Periodic Review IV and the Social Impacts Monitoring III, a continued effort of the TCG in community monitoring since its birth, will continue to guide the programming of the recovery process for the Government of Myanmar and the humanitarian community," said TCG Chairman and Chairman of the Civil Service Selection and Training Board, U Kyaw Thu.

Results of the PR IV indicated improved food security and physical health of the people living in the Nargis-affected areas and their access to clean water. However, the Report also highlighted the need for continued support to livelihoods and shelter sectors. This finding is also supported by the SIM III, which reported signs of recovery in the farming sector, although output in the majority of villages was still over 30% below pre-Nargis level. The situation of fishermen deteriorated significantly over the year due to a decline in fish stock and lack of credit and livelihood support. The SIM III also underscored that aid delivery continue to decline in the Delta.

"As debt continued to negatively impact the Cyclone-affected population, especially those among the poorer groups, in recovering their livelihood, it is crucial that the international community continue their support to address the outstanding gaps in Nargis-affected areas," said Mr. Chu Cong Phung, Ambassador of Vietnam to Myanmar and senior ASEAN member to the TCG.

"The findings of these important assessments demonstrate that the support provided by the humanitarian community in Myanmar has helped rebuild lives and re-instituted some infrastructures. We will continue to support the Government and the community and work with other relevant partners to ensure that the people affected by the cyclone are able to move towards full recovery," said Mr. Ramesh Shrestha, UNICEF Representative and UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator a.i.

The full Post-Nargis Periodic Review IV report will be available online after 27 July 2010 at: https://aseanhtf.org/periodicreview.html

MEDIA CONTACT DETAILS:

ASEAN Humanitarian Task Force, Coordinating Office in Myanmar
Mai Tang
Communication and Stakeholder Relations Coordinator
Mobile: +95 (09) 5099978
mai.aseanhtf@gmail.com

United Nations in Myanmar
Esben Q. Harboe
Special Assistant to the Resident Coordinator,
Office of the UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator
Tel: +95 (0)1 542910~19 Ext. 430
Mobile: +95 (0)9 5074853
esben.harboe@undp.org

The Tripartite Core Group (TCG) was officially established on 31 May 2008. It comprises high-level representatives from ASEAN, the Government of the Union of Myanmar, and the United Nations. Its mandate end in July 2010.