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Myanmar Cyclone Nargis Pyapon Hub Update No. 6

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(Reporting period 13 - 27 January 2009)

OVERVIEW AND KEY DEVELOPMENTS

- On 25 January, IOM held a handover ceremony of a clinic to the Department of Health in Daw Nyein Village, Pyapon Township, as well as in Bogale and Dedaye. The Minister of Health and other officials from the District, Township, Villages and agencies attended this ceremony. The Ambassadors of Thailand and Singapore served as Guests of Honor.

- The TCG Periodic Review I was published in mid-December and is now being distributed. The TCG Periodic Review II has been postponed to June to give more opportunity for feedback and wider consultation. The TCG Periodic Review I hub presentation and consultation is planned for mid-February 2009 in both Myanmar and English languages. At the same time, the TCG Post Nargis Recovery and Preparedness Plan (PONREPP) will also be launched in February, 2009.

- In consultation with other stakeholders working on Disaster Risk Reduction, ASEAN and OCHA in Pyapon are considering establishing a DRR Working Group that will facilitate information and knowledge-sharing on DRR towards long-term recovery.

- WFP and UNICEF, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, are running a township-level art competition for school children on 29 January. The prize-giving ceremony will be held in March 2009.

- On 20 January, FAO in cooperation with the Department of Forestry, and facilitated by Mingalar Myanmar, conducted a workshop on "Community Forestry, Mangrove and Integrated Pest Management" in Pyapon. A total of 39 participants from Community-Based Organizations, INGOs and staff from Mingalar Myanmar attended the workshop.

- The humanitarian community is working with the Pyapon authorities to attend to the needs of the population (54 households) that moved to Ah Mar Town, from villages closer to the sea. So far there has been an encouraging response form the humanitarian community. Agencies are like Save the Children, IOM, UNHABITAT and UNHCR are willingly to provide assistance after they discuss with their headquarters. Assistance will be in the form of mosquito nets, water containers, tarpaulins, jerry cans, probably semi permanent shelter if suitable land can be provided by the authorities.

- Safe drinking water in the dry season remains a primary concern for most populations, and especially for villagers in the southern part of Pyapon.

SECTORAL UPDATE

- In Pyapon Hub, 9 clusters (Food, Health & Nutrition & WASH, Livelihood & Agriculture, Logistics, Protection of Children & Women and Shelter), currently have active coordination mechanisms. In total, 27 agencies (6 UN agencies, 12 INGOs and 9 LNGOs) are present.

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