Myanmar Cyclone Nargis Labutta Hub Update No. 6

(Reporting period 13 - 27 January 2009)


- Dr. Nizar Mohamed, consultant from UNEP mission office came to Labutta on 15 January 2009 accompanied with Daw Yi Yi Htwe, Assistant Director of National Commission for Environment Affairs. They met with DPDC chairman to inform about assessment for recovery and train the community how to manage the environment. They also met with National Early Recovery Manager (UNDP) ICDP project.

- WASH Information Meeting was held on 16 January 2009 at TCC meeting hall. In the meeting, the agencies updated their activities and strategies in relation with water distribution to the villages and latrine constructions. TCC secretary decided to make this meeting on every Friday.

- TCC general coordination meeting has been organized on 16 January 2009 in Labutta. TCC secretary acted as a chair person and OCHA and ASEAN gave technical support at the meeting. DPDC chairman appreciated the activities that are done by all agencies at Labutta.

- HE Mr Erik Solheim, Minister for the Environment and International Development of Norway, HE Ms Ulla Tornaes, Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark and delegation accompanied by the member of Tripartite Core Group visited Pyinsalu Sub Township, Labutta on 22 January 2009. The delegation was welcomed by the Chairman of Pyinsalu Sub Township, military battalion commander, staff members of UNOCHA, ASEAN, UNICEF, MRCS, ADRA, Max Myanmar Co Ltd and government line department officials. The delegation visited the some households in the housing projects implemented by Max Myanmar Co Ltd. They went to the High School and met the students who explained their experiences during Cyclone Nargis. The two ministers presented some toys to the students as gifts. The delegation proceeded to the briefing hall in which UNICEF and MRCS briefed their activities on child and woman protection in Pyinsalu and Labutta.



- UNDP rehabilitated 5 model fish breeding ponds. Another 15 villages submitted proposal letters for their villages. UNDP will check these villages to renovate or not. UNDP has a plan of reforestation 400 acres: 300 acres for plantation and 100 acres for home gardens in 6 villages. UNDP will hold nursery training for community base reforestation.

- FAO attended the meeting for major necessity in raining season and plant protection measurement.

- Merlin and Mercy corps distributed winter crops in Be Tut and Kan Bae village tracts. They distributed 12 kinds of vegetable seeds (300) gm. They finished boat distribution in Da Ni Seik, Bone Gyi Kone and Sar Chat village tracts.

- Merlin conducted households' assessment in 7 village tracts. Their objectives are to support shelter, wash, and insect control.

- Save the Children will distribute 1150 lift nets, long nets and push nets in 29 villages.

- CDA will perform livelihood activities in 15 villages within two and half months as a cooperative partner of Merlin and Mercy corps.


- Clowns without borders performed a play at the Handicap International Disability Recreation Centre (DRC) on 20th January 2009.

- UNDP attended the child protection cluster meeting as observer. UNDP has a plan on psychosocial support for Women Self Reliance Group (SRG).

- Save the Children follow up family tracing and reunification.


- UNICEF starting construction of the model school in Mya Yar Kone village and the assessment is still ongoing for another two model schools. Child Centre Approach Training has conducted by UNICEF on 26th January 2009 for the school teachers.

- Swe Tha Ha first planned to construct a building intending to be used as a school but later this was cancelled. The temporary schools provided by the companies are in bad condition after eight months and need to be repaired or renovated.

- Save the Children (SC) got the permission to construct 22 new semi-permanent schools and construction of 10 schools has already commenced. SC has requested permission for construction of a further 15 schools in addition to the previously approved 22 schools.

- As Labutta is upgraded from township to district, a total of 484 schools are allocated to the district. Since the agencies cover the township according to the old boundary, 139 schools from Myaung Mya area and some other schools are not covered. UNICEF requested to capital level whether to cover these schools or not.


- WFP informed that starting January, Food for Work (FFW) to be implemented and 8561 workers will be employed under FFW for 45 days for village infrastructure development activity. 31,600 beneficiaries will receive nutritious food (Wheat Soya Blend) targeting under 5 children, pregnant and lactating women.


- The 2nd round "National Immunization Days" will be held on 7th, 8th and 9th February 2009. Health Cooperation Partners agreed to support TMO for these days.

- UNICEF confirms the reconstruction of 5 sub-RHCs as first priority before rainy season which were totally collapsed.

- Merlin will implement the reconstruction of 3 sub-RHCs and painting 27 sub-RHCs in the near future. Merlin is conducting training for Community Health Workers (CHW) from 14th January to 3rd February 2009.

- Malteser will be conducting Auxiliary Mid Wives (AMW) training for health workers. There is discussion with TMO concerning with training duration.

- World Concern will distribute mats and 10,000 sachets of ORS in Pyin Ah Lan and Yae Twin Seik village tracts (2 sachets/HH) in coming week.


- Swe Tha Har finished 20 houses, 10 in Thingan Gyi and 10 in Sa Lu Seik village.

- ADRA is constructing the two model cyclone proof shelters in Tai Win rice mill at Labutta Township.

- Government has a plan to build 7 cyclone shelters in Labutta. Government has got the design from the Ministry of Science and Technology.

- World Concern is building 280 houses in Pyin Ah Lan need to finish in end of January. WC has a plan to construct 500 additional houses. WC has difficulty in timber supply.


- Merlin will be starting to install 6 RO units on 25th of January and the operation will start on 2 February to replace in the existing water purification plant location. Merlin plans to conduct Participatory Hygiene And Sanitation Training (PHAST) at Merlin Office from 27th to 31st January, there are 28 places for Merlin staff and 8 places for other WASH Partner's staff.

- ASEAN conducted training for WASH staff for Humanitarian Accountabilities in WASH Program on 26th of January.

- Save the Children has a plan to install 3 RO units at Ye Dwin Kone village in Ye Dwin Kone Village Tract, Ma Yan village in Phone Gyi Kone Village Tract, and Hlaing Bone Ywa Ma village. 2 RO units installed at Mi Oo village in Tha Byu Kone village tract and Kwet Laik village in Gant Eik village tract where raw water from canals.

- 35 tarpaulin temporary water tanks constructed for water storage at villages and distributed 20 litre buckets for water storage at households. SC recruited 38 community health promoters and water quality surveillance staff. Hygiene promotion activities have been done by community health promoters and WASH committees formed in villages under SC coverage areas.

- ADRA has a plan to distribute 980 sets of latrine pans and pipes to 6 villages in Hlwa Sar village tract and perform school latrines construction in the same villages.

- UNICEF distributed ceramic water filters; 13 sets to child friendly spaces, 18 sets for 9 schools, and prefabricated latrines; 4 sets to 2 schools in Labutta.

- UNICEF transported 12.6 m3 of water from MRCS water treatment plant, Be Tut to 6 villages in Shaw Chaung Village tract on 11th January and 48.6 m3 of water to 17 villages within a week from 15th of January.


There will be a USAID and American Embassy visit to ACTED and Save the Children for livelihood activity during 23rd to 30th January 2009.

- There will be ASEAN visit to Pyin Sa Lu, Sa Lu Seik and Ye Wai villages from 29th January to 31st January 2009.

Frequency and Time
TCC General Coordination meeting
Monthly/Friday, 10:00 pm
Yway Na Di, Labutta
Agri & Livelihood Cluster meeting
Monthly/Friday, 2:00 pm
UNDP Old Office, Labutta
Shelter Cluster Meeting
Fortnightly/Thursday, 4:00 pm
UNHCR new Office, Labutta
Women and Child Protection cluster meeting
Fortnightly/Thursday, 4:00 pm
UNICEF office, Labutta
WASH Cluster Meeting
Fortnightly/Monday, 10:00 am
OCHA office, Labutta


Address: No. 34, Corner of Merchant Road and Aubar Road, Labutta
Tel: 09 860 2829, 042 80490
Area coverage: Labutta Township

OCHA Labutta Hub Office Officer-in-Charge:
Mr. Moe Aung
Ms. Khay Mar San

OCHA Labutta Hub Office Information Management:
Mr. Moe Win Aung

OCHA Labutta Hub Office Reporting:
Ms. Lai Win Phyu

OCHA Yangon Field Coordination:
Mr. Antonio Massella
Tel: 95 1 544 500 ext. 808

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