Myanmar – Severe Weather (ECHO, UN-OCHA) (ECHO Daily Flash of 14 July 2016)

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  • Heavy rain across much of Myanmar since 1 July has caused flooding and landslides in Rakhine, Sagaing and Kachin. Monsoon rains are expected to continue across many parts of the country in the coming days and some rivers remain above danger levels.

  • The Rakhine State Government reports that 24 306 people were displaced across the four most affected townships – Minbya (13 123), Ann (4 659), Mrauk-U (3 696 ) and Kyauktaw (2 828 people). As flood waters are now receding in these townships, people are now returning to their villages of origin. 580 schools have been affected across the State and to allow for cleaning, these schools will be closed for the next 2-3 days. Roads which had been blocked and/or damaged over the past week are gradually becoming passable as repairs are carried out.

  • The Rakhine State Government is leading the response through the General Administration Department. Township Administrators are working in close collaboration with partners to deliver assistance to affected people. Various agencies/INGOs are conducting assessments. The State Government and partners are responding with emergency deliveries of food, water, hygiene kits, tarpaulins, WASH supplies and pond cleaning support.