Myanmar: Cyclonic Storm GIRI Situation Report # 11, 20 December 2010

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- The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, together with UNHCR, WFP country representatives and the OCHA head of office visited the cyclone affected areas on 13-15 December. The UN delegation travelled to Sittwe, Myebon, Pauktaw townships and visited severely affected villages to obtain first-hand information from international/local partners and communities on state of progress as well as remaining gaps and needs in key sectors such as food, shelter and livelihoods.

- A total of 6,487mt of mixed food commodities will be distributed to nearly 200,000 beneficiaries in the four affected townships by the Food Cluster in December 2010 and January 2011.

- Direct shipments of relief items from Yangon to Myebon can now take place thanks to joint construction efforts of a jetty in early December by the Logistics Cluster and local authorities.

- A food security and livelihood joint assessment will take place in the third week of December, covering 680 households in 55 villages in the four affected townships. The assessment report will be issued by mid-January 2011. Other assessments in the Education, Shelter and WASH sectors are also planned over the coming weeks.

- The 9 Clusters established to support the emergency relief response to cyclone Giri will be deactivated towards the end of January 2011.

- To date, US$ 20.5 million has been allocated for the Cyclone Giri response, including US$ 6 million from the CERF. The overall funding needs for all sectors for both emergency and early recovery phases remain provisionally at U$ 57 million, which will be further revised/adjusted in the course of January 2011 following the completion of more comprehensive sectoral assessments.

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