Myanmar

Myanmar: Cyclone Nargis OCHA Situation Report No. 40

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SITUATION OVERVIEW

1. An estimated 2.4 million people were severely affected by Cyclone Nargis, equivalent to more than one third of the population of 7.3 million in the affected townships. Nearly 140,000 died or are missing, among which an estimated 55% were female. On 10 July, a Revised Appeal was launched to address the remaining relief and early recovery needs of the severely affected population.

2. On 21 July, the Post-Nargis Joint Assessment (PONJA) report will be simultaneously launched in Singapore and Myanmar.

NATIONAL RESPONSE

3. In Labutta township, the Minister for Cooperatives has directed the Township Coordination Committee (TCC) to facilitate the return of internally displaced families (IDPs) and to provide each returning family with food packages and shelter kits. The TCC, however, has indicated that it does not have enough supply of tarpaulins. As of 14 July, there are 7,472 persons remaining in three camps. The government has indicated that shelter and non-food items, food, and educational kits for school children would be a big help to the returning families.

4. According to authorities in Pyapon township, 124 families, originally from two islands (Khatta and Gadonle) off the southern coast of Pyapon, are still displaced in Ka Don Ka Ni village tract. The authorities report that they are building houses for these families and have provided boats, fishing nets and other equipment. 36 houses have reportedly been completed. There are at this stage no other displaced populations in both Pyapon and Kyaiklat townships.

INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE

5. The following information is provided by the clusters, which meet regularly to coordinate the humanitarian response of national and international NGOs, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement and UN agencies. More detailed information on cluster activities is available at: http://myanmar.humanitarianinfo.org.

6. FOOD

Needs Assessment and Analysis

- The Household Food Security Assessment is being planned for August.

Overall Achievements

- As of 17 July, a total of 22,459 tons of food assistance have been delivered to the affected areas, of which 19,829 tons have been distributed.

- Clearance of 500 tons of rice imported from India is ongoing. The second tranche of 875 tons is expected to arrive during the first week of August.

- Arrangements continue for the procurement of 5,000 tons of rice from Thailand. - The dispatch of food commodities from Yangon into the Delta is ongoing, and includes:

- 380 tons of rice delivered to Bogale on 15 July;

- 295 tons of rice delivered to Labutta on 17 July; and

- 370 tons of rice and 179 tons of pulses delivered to Pyapon between 15 and 17 July.

- Distribution and Post-Distribution Monitoring training will continue to be available periodically to staff in the field. Partners interested in having their staff participate should contact Jedda.Constantine@wfp.org.

Challenges

- The prohibition of local rice purchases will continue to pose a challenge. The successful and urgent conduct of regional procurement is a high priority in order to avoid pipeline breaks.

- There still are logistical challenges in transporting sizeable quantities of commodities into the Delta for rapid dispatch to partners.

Gaps and Future Planning

- Following the discontinuation of cash transfer activities, planning is ongoing, in collaboration with applicable Cluster partners, for the provision of short-term relief food distributions for 200,000 targeted beneficiaries in the Yangon Division.

Funding

- The Food cluster is 29% funded in the revised Appeal, according to the OCHA Financial Tracking Service (FTS). However, the cluster has received indications of partial funding from the US and Australian governments.

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