WFP Myanmar Country Brief, July 2020

Situation Report
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In Numbers

521,700 people assisted in July 2020

3,244 mt of food distributed

US$ 2.1 million in cash-based transfers made

US$ 24.2 million in net funding requirements for all operations over next six months (August 2020 - January 2021)

Operational Updates

• Approved Budget Revision to Country Strategic Plan: The fifth budget revision to WFP’s Country Strategic Plan (2018-2022) was approved. The creation of Strategic Outcome 4 allows WFP to provide reliable, on-demand logistics and common services support to humanitarian and development partners in Myanmar on a regular basis and especially during crisis response.

• Response to COVID-19: Since April, as requested by the authorities, WFP has provided short-term food and nutrition assistance to 51,000 returning migrants for a 21-day period while they are in government-managed quarantine sites in 10 out of 14 states and regions. WFP further augmented its response by providing fortified blended food to prevent malnutrition to pregnant and lactating women (PLW) and children aged 6-59 months in quarantine centres in Myawaddy Township in Kayin State.

From 10 May to 31 July, WFP has operated 12 aid flights linking Yangon, Vientiane and Kuala Lumpur, bringing in medical and hygiene supplies and providing access to humanitarian and development workers. (Please refer to COVID-19 Situation Reports #8 and #9 for further details).

• Rakhine and Chin: Despite insecurity and challenging road conditions, WFP distributed emergency food and nutrition assistance to 4,300 internally displaced people (IDP) in Paletwa Town, southern Chin State. WFP continues to seek access to Paletwa using the waterway from Sittwe, central Rakhine for further deliveries during the monsoon season. In July, WFP also assisted 3,900 IDPs in Samee (east of Paletwa Town).
Across Rakhine State, despite a volatile security situation, WFP reached 30,200 newly-displaced people with emergency food assistance in July.

In northern Rakhine, WFP assisted 97,550 people with emergency food and nutrition assistance, including 3,100 PLW and 16,700 children aged 6-59 months in Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships.
In central Rakhine, WFP provided 138,600 food insecure people with food and cash assistance, including 31,900 children aged 6-59 months and 6,300 PLW with fortified blended food.

• Flood response in Kachin: Following heavy rains across northern Myanmar, rising water levels caused flooding in Kachin State and displacements of 6,000 people in July. In response, WFP provided 1.6 mt of high-energy biscuits to 1,455 affected people, complementing the Government’s provision of cash assistance for rice, masks and soap. Other humanitarian agencies provided hygiene kits and other non-food items. WFP will closely monitor the flood situation in close coordination with the local authorities and stands ready to provide assistance as needed.