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02 Jun 2018 description

The Humanitarian News Digest is a monthly compilation of links to reports, web stories, press releases, and other public products published online by organizations with humanitarian operations in Myanmar. The content and views expressed in these publications do not necessarily reflect the views of OCHA.

01 May 2018 description
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(Yangon, 2 May 2018): “Ten years ago today, Myanmar was devastated by cyclone Nargis – by far the worst natural disaster in the country’s history. The cyclone made landfall near Hainggyikyun in Ayeyarwady Region on 2 May 2008, with wind speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour, accompanied by heavy rain and storm surges of up to 12 metres in certain areas. The cyclone left approximately 140,000 people dead or unaccounted for, with close to 2.4 million people affected in 37 townships in Ayeyarwady and Yangon regions.

01 Sep 2017 description

The Humanitarian News Digest is a monthly compilation of links to reports, web stories, press releases, and other public products published online by organizations with humanitarian operations in Myanmar. The content and views expressed in these publications do not necessarily reflect the views of OCHA.

10 Jul 2017 description

The Humanitarian News Digest is a monthly compilation of links to reports, web stories, press releases, and other public products published online by organizations with humanitarian operations in Myanmar. The content and views expressed in these publications do not necessarily reflect the views of OCHA.

26 Jun 2017 description

16 year old Fatima lives with her husband, Usanama, and their baby in a makeshift shelter in Thae Chaung camp near Sittwe in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

Almost 12,000 mostly Kaman Muslim people live in Thae Chaung in flimsy dirt-floored shacks made of tarpaulins stretched over bamboo.

These structures provided little protection when Cyclone Mora brought destructive winds and rain to Rakhine State at the end of May.

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01 Jun 2017 description

The Humanitarian News Digest is a monthly compilation of links to reports, web stories, press releases, and other public products published online by organizations with humanitarian operations in Myanmar. The content and views expressed in these publications do not necessarily reflect the views of OCHA.

10 Jun 2016 description

The Humanitarian News Digest is a monthly compilation of links to reports, web stories, press releases, and other public products published online by international organizations with humanitarian operations in Myanmar. The content and views expressed in these publications do not necessarily reflect the views of OCHA.

20 May 2013 description

(Yangon, 20 May 2013) Tropical Storm Mahasen weakened and dissipated on 17 May, with Rakhine State spared any serious impact, according to the latest assessments undertaken by humanitarian agencies. “The Government responded decisively and proactively to the threat of the storm, taking steps to address the needs of the most vulnerable and provide safety for those most at risk, in collaboration with humanitarian agencies,” the Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Ashok Nigam, said. The majority of over 100,000 people that were moved to safer places have returned voluntarily.

15 May 2013 description

Yangon, 15 May 2013: As the people and Government of Myanmar brace themselves for Cyclone Mahasen, the Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Ashok Nigam, has called for the urgent relocation of everyone who will be affected. “People who will be severely affected by the cyclone need to be urgently supported to move to safer areas,” Mr. Nigam told a press conference organized by the Government in Yangon. “We [the humanitarian community] have been, and will continue, to work in close coordination with the Government both in preparing for the cyclone and in its aftermath,” said Mr. Nigam.

27 Apr 2011 description

This report takes stock of six months of relief and recovery assistance provided by the humanitarian community, in partnership with the Government of Myanmar, following Cyclone Giri, which made landfall in the western coast of Myanmar’s Rakhine State on 22 October 2010. This natural disaster resulted in severe human losses and displacement as well as damage to houses and infrastructure, including roads and bridges in coastal areas.

27 Apr 2011 description

Yangon, 26 April 2011 – The response to Cyclone Giri, which struck Myanmar’s Rakhine State on 22 October last year, was swift and helped meet the basic needs of many of the estimated 260,000 people affected by the disaster, according to a report presented today at the Myanmar Humanitarian Partnership Group meeting, a monthly meeting in Yangon attended by donors, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations and other members of the humanitarian community in Myanmar.

27 Jan 2011 description

Yangon, 27 January ---- Additional assistance is needed to support early recovery efforts in areas affected by Cyclone Giri, which struck Myanmar's Rakhine State on 22 October.

20 Dec 2010 description

Yangon, 20 December --- Local communities have demonstrated remarkable resilience in coping with the destructions caused by Cyclone Giri, which struck on 22 October.

25 Nov 2010 description

Yangon, 25 November --- The cyclone that struck Myanmar's Rakhine State on 22 October continues to affect the lives of some 260,000 people, according to assessments carried out by the humanitarian community in Myanmar.

02 Nov 2010 description

Office of the UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar

UN agencies and international and national non-governmental organizations are working with authorities in Myanmar to provide aid to people affected by Cyclone Giri, which struck on 22 October. Over 200,000 people in Rakhine State are in need of immediate relief assistance and early recovery support.

Yangon, 2 November 2010 --- Members of the humanitarian community in Myanmar are appealing for increased support from donors, as they are scaling-up their support to the people affected by Cyclone Giri, which has caused loss of …

01 Nov 2010 description

Foreword

This publication captures the multifaceted nature of the United Nations’ work in Myanmar. It presents a snapshot of activities within a range of thematic areas, demonstrating how and where members of the UN family in Myanmar are working together, in close cooperation with national and international partners.

30 Apr 2010 description

Yangon, 30 April 2010 - Two years after the destruction caused by Cyclone Nargis, many survivors have been able to rebuild their lives and move towards full recovery. Significant improvements in health, nutrition and education, coupled with concrete and tangible results on the ground in all sectors, show overall relief and recovery efforts have been effective in reaching the most vulnerable.

However, considerable needs remain.

02 Dec 2008 description

by John Holmes, first published by The Economist

Timing is everything. Nowhere is this truer than in humanitarian relief. When disaster strikes, delays can mean the difference between life and death. Timing, however, involves more than a stopwatch approach to emergencies. It also means looking forward- not only to identify the trends that will reshape the humanitarian landscape, but to harness the forces necessary to respond to them.

Any credible vision of the future must recognise that humanitarian needs are increasing. Climate change will be the main driver.

06 Aug 2008 description

By John Holmes, first published by The Washington Post as of August 6, 2008

Three months have passed since Cyclone Nargis and an accompanying tidal surge swept across Myanmar's fertile Irrawaddy Delta region, claiming nearly 140,000 lives and devastating the livelihoods of many more people.