OCHA Flash Update Myanmar | Flash Floods 01 August 2013



Affected Areas

· The number of people affected by the monsoon floods continues to increase in the southeast as heavy rains persist. On 1 August, the Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) reported that 33,409 people have been displaced to 79 relocation sites in Kayin State. In Mon State there are 2,677 people relocated to 20 sites; four camps in Yae have been closed and two new ones opened in Kyeikmayaw.

· There are no updates to displacement figures in Rakhine State reported on 30 July; 165 people relocated in Minbya and Myauk Oo.

Coordination and response

· Food: The Government has delivered food to people in Kayin and Mon States, including donations made by the Government of Thailand and Thailand Red Cross. On 31 July, WFP received an official request from the Ministry of Border Affairs and the Karen State Government to assist the Government’s effort in providing food assistance to 25,000 people in 79 camps in eastern Kayin State. ADRA started delivering one week food rations to 16 sites in Hlaing Bway and to five sites in Hpa Ann townships. WFP will deploy two assessment teams to conduct a rapid food needs assessment to evaluate, jointly with the Government, how to best complement the immediate food assistance.

· NFI: In Kayin State, Save the Children has delivered 300 Non Food Items (NFI) kits with another 600 available. NRC will provide 600 blankets. UNHCR received a request from Ministry of Border Affairs and RRD to support the emergency in Kayin and they are able to provide up to 1,000 NFI kits. Malteser is also assessing the gaps and could provide relief items to support Government efforts.

· WASH: UNICEF distributed 10,000 purification tablets and ten drums of bleaching powder to Kayin and Mon State Health Departments. UNICEF also maintains stocks of water, sanitation and hygiene items and essential drug kits. Save the Children have stocks of water storage and treatment and hygiene kits.

· Coordination: Kayin and Mon State Governments are convening meetings with humanitarian partners in the field to coordinate the response. Vice President-2, U Nyan Tun, together with Deputy Minister of Minister of Social Welfare Relief and Resettlement, U Phone Swe, and RRD Director General, U Soe Aung, arrived in Kayin State on 31 July and are still in place to assess the situation and provide required assistance as the Chairman and Secretary of the National Disaster Preparedness Central Committee (NDPCC). OCHA is closely in contact with RRD to monitor the situation and identify needs and gaps.


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