Myanmar: Floods - Emergency appeal operations update 4 (MDRMM006)

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This update provides an overview of the progress made during nine months of the operation with focus on the latest three months considering that operations update no. 3 was an account of the first six month of operations.

The timeframe of the operation has been extended by one month, due to be completed by 30 September 2016. The no-cost is to allow sufficient time to undertake an end-line evaluation of the operation as well as to provide a smooth transition of disaster risk reduction and National Society capacity enhancement activities into the Operational Plan 2017, in which the activities will continue in the context of linking relief, recovery and development.

The appeal was launched following floods that affected several parts of Myanmar in July and August 2015. The floods were wrought by heavy monsoon rains coupled with high winds and heavy rain from Cyclone Komen which passed nearby on 30 July 2015, bringing strong winds and additional heavy rains to the country, which resulted in widespread flooding and landslides across 12 of the country’s 14 states and regions.

Six months on from the devastating floods that struck Myanmar, around 400,000 people have received emergency assistance and support for their recovery from MRCS and its partners in the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. At its peak, the floods affected over 9 million people across 12 of Myanmar’s 14 states and regions. The floods temporarily displaced over 1.7 million people and destroyed 15,000 homes as well as more than 840,000 acres of agricultural crops.

Between July 2015 and January 2016, over 1,400 Red Cross volunteers and staff from MRCS and Partner National Societies assisted flood-affected people across the country. The first phase included evacuations, providing emergency relief such as purified water, food, household items and shelter materials. Since then, efforts have been focused on supporting the longer term recovery of flood-affected communities across the five worst-hit regions of Chin, Rakhine, Sagaing, Magway and Ayeyarwady with livelihood activities, cleaning of contaminated ponds and wells, and infrastructure rehabilitation.

The reporting period is characterized by finalizing and ensuring that the activities in the plan are initiated and monitored. The cash transfer programme (CTP) intervention was finalized and a lessons learned workshop was conducted, to be able to build on the achievements made and to look at how these lessons could be put in practice in other programming.