Myanmar: Cyclone Nargis Emergency Appeal No. MDRMM002 Operations Update No. 23

Situation Report
Originally published


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Six-month Consolidated Report

Period covered by this update: First six months, 2 May - 2 November 2008.

Appeal target: CHF 73,987,907 million (USD 72.5 million or EUR 45.9 million)

Appeal coverage: 77%;

Appeal history:

- 8 July 2008: A revised Emergency Appeal was launched for CHF 73.9 million (USD 72.5 million or EUR 45.9 million) to assist 100,000 households for 36 months.

- 16 May 2008: An Emergency Appeal was launched for CHF 52,857,809 (USD 50.8 million or EUR 32.7 million) to assist 100,000 households for 36 months.

- 6 May 2008: A preliminary Emergency Appeal was launched for CHF 6,290,909 (USD 5.9 million or EUR 3.86 million) to assist 30,000 households for six months.

- 5 May 2008: CHF 200,000 (USD 190,000 or EUR 123,000) was allocated from the International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF).


- The emergency phase of the operation from May to November provided life-saving assistance in relief, shelter, health, psychosocial support, and water and sanitation to more than 100,000 affected households. Operations are now entering a second phase which focuses on the recovery and building the resilience of communities.

- More than 280,000 households in the Ayeyarwady and Yangon divisions have received non-food items directly supported by the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement.

- MRCS engineers and volunteers operated 11 water treatment units, to produce 107,000 litres of drinking water for more than 35,000 beneficiaries daily during the relief operations. Six units remain in production and continue to produce 80,000 litres for more than 26,000 beneficiaries. Pond rehabilitations and installation of rainwater harvesting structures continue to provide alternative sources of safe water.

- More than 3,000 tonnes of relief goods have been received in Yangon. Local procurement capacity has significantly improved, resulting in more locally procured items and transportation, lower costs and quicker distributions.

- At the height of the operations, some 10,000 MRCS volunteers were involved in the emergency response. More than 300 MRCS volunteers, trained in community-based first aid, actively supported the operations from the very first stages of the emergency, providing emergency first aid, psychosocial support and health education.

- Recovery planning among the wider international community continues with the clusters compiling a plan of action for medium-term rehabilitation and recovery.

- A second partnership meeting aimed at garnering strategic support (financial or technical) for the recovery phase of operations is scheduled for February 2009 in Yangon.

- Evaluation and monitoring exercises were conducted in November and more are planned for December.

Contributions to the Appeal to date

Partners which have made contributions to the appeal to date include: American Red Cross/American government, Andorra Red Cross Australian Red Cross/Australian government, Austrian Red Cross, Belarusian Red Cross, Belgian Red Cross/Belgian government, British Red Cross/British government, Canadian Red Cross/Canadian government, Hong Kong and Macau branches of the Red Cross Society of China, Cook Islands Red Cross, Cyprus Red Cross/Cyprus government, Danish Red Cross/Danish government, Finnish Red Cross/Finnish government, French Red Cross, German Red Cross, Hellenic Red Cross, Icelandic Red Cross, Indian Red Cross, Irish Red Cross, Japanese Red Cross, Republic of Korea National Red Cross, Kuwait Red Crescent/Kuwait government, Lithuanian Red Cross, Luxembourg Red Cross/Luxembourg government, Malaysian Red Crescent, Monaco Red Cross, Netherlands Red Cross/Netherlands government, New Zealand Red Cross, Norwegian Red Cross/Norwegian government, Philippine National Red Cross, Portuguese Red Cross, Qatar Red Crescent, Singapore Red Cross, Slovak Red Cross/Slovak government, Spanish Red Cross/Spanish government, Sri Lanka Red Cross, Swedish Red Cross/Swedish government, Swiss Red Cross/Swiss government, Taiwan Red Cross Organization, Turkish Red Crescent, United Arab Emirates Red Crescent and Viet Nam Red Cross. Contributions have also been received from the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Directorate General (ECHO), the Italian, Estonian and Slovenian governments, Total Oil Company, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Tides Foundation and a number of other private and corporate donors.

The International Federation, on behalf of the Myanmar Red Cross Society, would like to thank all partners for their very quick and generous response to this appeal.