WFP Myanmar Country Brief, June 2019

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In Numbers

349,270 people assisted in June 2019

US$ 967,130 cash-based transfers made

3,850 mt of food distributed

US$ 29.26 million six months (July - December 2019) net funding requirements

Operational Updates

Emergency Relief & Nutrition

• Rakhine: Following continued armed clashes between the Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) and Arakan Army, the Government of Myanmar issued a directive to temporarily shut down mobile internet in nine townships of Rakhine and Chin states. The shutdown affected WFP’s communications with cooperating partners. WFP provided emergency relief food rations to over 3,000 people displaced by armed conflict in Minbya, Kyauktaw and Pauktaw townships. In northern Rakhine State, WFP’s emergency relief assistance continued to reach 93,580 conflict-affected people from 174 Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu villages and internally displaced people at two locations in Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships. In addition, WFP reached over 15,500 children under 5 years and pregnant and lactating women (PLW) through nutrition interventions. Nutrition messages were disseminated to 2,700 caregivers in both townships. In central Rakhine State, WFP nutrition assistance reached 5,260 PLW and 30,500 children under 5. A further 136,530 food insecure people received emergency relief food assistance from WFP.

• Kachin: WFP continued to provide emergency relief food assistance to 43,890 displaced people in Kachin State through cash and E-Money - the transfer of cash through mobile phones. Over 3,340 PLW and children under 2 received WFP nutrition assistance.

• Shan: WFP’s emergency relief distributions continued to support 14,520 beneficiaries from northern Shan State and conflict-affected villages in the northernmost part of KoKang Self-Administered Zone. Over 2,160 PLWs and children under 2 received nutrition assistance.