OCHA Flash Update Myanmar | Flash Floods 02 August 2013


Affected Areas

· As of 2 August, the Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) report 38,316 people displaced by monsoon floods in Kayin, Mon, Tanintharyi and Rakhine States and the Ayeyawadi Region.

· Kayin continues to be the most affected State with 33,409 people relocated in 79 camps. Figures vary as some relocated people have returned to their homes to recover belongings, while newly displaced continue to arrive in relocation sites. Floods waters now block access to Kyar Inn Seik Gyi, Kawkarate and Myawadi areas. On 1 August Government reported that 245 schools have been closed and 30,907 acres of Kayin paddy lands have been inondated.

· In Mon State 2,878 people are relocated to 21 sites, however the water levels are receding in Belin and people are making plans to return home.

· In Tanintharyi three townships are affected (Tanintharyi, Dawei and Ya Phyu) with 785 people displaced.

· In Rakhine State 165 people continue to be relocated in Minbya and Myauk Oo.

· In the Ayeyawadi region, Tharbaung and Maubin townships report 1,079 people displaced.

Coordination and response

· The main needs are food, NFIs and medicines, according to the Kayin State Secretary.

· Food: The Government continues to deliver food to displaced people in Kayin and Mon States. On 5 August WFP will conduct a rapid food needs assessment to evaluate if additional support is required. WV is purchasing food (rice, cooking oil and canned fish) and bottled water to complement Government assistance. Malteser, ADRA and SDC are also providing emergency food aid.

· NFI: In Kayin State, MRCS, Save the Children and NRC have began delivering Non Food Items (NFI) kits in coordination with local auhtorities. UNHCR is transporting about 1,000 NFI kits to Hpa Ann and/or to affected townships · WASH: UNICEF has distributed purification tablets and bleaching powder to Kayin and Mon State Health Departments. Additional stocks have been identified by agencies if needed.

· Health: IOM has distributed essential medicines through State Health Department in Kayin.

· Coordination: On 2 August, Kayin Government requested support to respond to Kawkarate and Kyar Inn Seik Gyi where no assistance has been provided due to lack of access. U Saw Win Htein, Kayin State Financial/Revenue Minister is the focal person to organize donations and relief assistance. U Naing Min Soe Thein, Economic and Planning Minister is the focal person to coordinate humanitarian partners. OCHA is closely in contact with RRD to monitor the situation and identify needs and gaps and UNHCR is supporting field coordination efforts.


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