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Title: IRIN Myanmar pages
Description/subject: humanitarian news and analysis.......572 results in Advanced Search for "Myanmar"
Language: English (French and Arabic also available)
Source/publisher: IRIN - humanitarian news and analysis -- a service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA)
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.irinnews.org/Country/MM/Myanmar
Date of entry/update: 29 July 2012


Title: Myanmar Information Management Unit (MIMU): Flood 2015 - General Resources
Description/subject: "This page contains a collection of relevant information and reference documents for Floods Emergency Response. Please contribute updates and relevant documents by sending them to info.mimu@undp.org"
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Information Management Unit (MIMU)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 October 2015


Title: ReliefWeb - Myanmar page
Description/subject: Reports of the 2015 floods plus other disasters as well as other political and economic events
Language: English
Source/publisher: ReliefWeb
Date of entry/update: 21 August 2015


Title: Results of a local search for "flood" on refworld.org
Description/subject: 98 results (October 2015)... archived from 2011
Language: English
Source/publisher: Refworld
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 October 2015


Title: Results of a local search for "Myanmar" on ifrc.org
Description/subject: 10,800 results (October 2015)
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 October 2015


Title: UNOCHA Myanmar page
Description/subject: Links to various documents..."Since 2011, more than 240,000 people in total have been displaced in Myanmar. Two years on from significant outbreaks of inter-communal violence in Rakhine State, over 416,000 people remain in need of humanitarian assistance, including 140,000 in IDP camps and many others in isolated villages living in dire conditions with limited freedom of movement. In Kachin and northern Shan States over 119,000 people remain in need of humanitarian assistance, including over 98,000 people still displaced as a result of the conflict that erupted in June 2011. Some 50 per cent of them are staying in areas beyond Government control where humanitarian access is limited. Disaster preparedness also remains a major challenge as Myanmar is considered to be one of the countries at highest risk of natural disasters in South East Asia. There is a continued need for disaster risk reduction and activities aimed at strengthening national capacity to prepare for and respond to natural disasters..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 21 August 2015


Title: World Food Program: Myanmar
Description/subject: Flood and other assistance reports.
Language: English
Source/publisher: World Food Program
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 October 2015


Individual Documents

Title: FAO/WFP CROP AND FOOD SECURITY ASSESSMENT MISSION TO MYANMAR
Date of publication: 16 March 2016
Description/subject: Highlights: • Cyclone Komen made landfall in Myanmar at the end of July 2015 causing extensive flooding to agricultural land, which remained submerged in some areas until September. This caused severe localized losses to the 2015 monsoon season crops, especially p addy, in Chin, Rakhine, Ayeyarwaddy, Yangon, Sagaing and parts of Bago. However, once the water receded, a large portion of the flooded areas with paddy was replanted. Overall, the amount of irreversible damage was limited. • At 27.5 million tonnes, the aggregate national production of paddy, the country’s staple food, in 2015 (monsoon season 2015 and ongoing 2015 secondary season) would be 3 percent below the 2014 crop and 2 percent down from the average of the past three - years. • At subnational level, however, cereal production and livelihood of farming households and communities in remote areas, in particular Chin and Rakhine, which concentrate highly vulnerable populations with little resilience and low agricultural productivity, did not recover fully as in other areas affected by the flooding. These populations may face severe food shortages in the coming months and require relief assistance. • Livestock and fisheries were affected by the flooding in localized areas with losses of cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats, pigs and poultry, and damage to fish and shrimp farms, resulting in reduced animal protein intake in the most affected areas. • The country is a net exporter of rice and the 2015 paddy production, similar to previous years, will exceed domestic requirements, but tighter domestic supplies in marketing year 2015/16 (October/September) are expected to further underpin already high rice prices, raising concerns about food access by most vulnerable sections of the population. • Prices of rice reached record levels in August and September 2015, reflecting strong depreciation of the Kyat, increasing rice exports and concerns about the damage to paddy crop. Domestic rice prices declined with the harvest between October and December 2015 but remained at high levels. In February 2016, rice prices averaged 37 percent higher than a year earlier. • For the majority of farming households, the main impact of the July flooding was related to the increased costs for replanting and the delayed harvest. Households depending primarily upon day labour, and especially non-skilled day labour, re main among the most vulnerable. They faced a gap in wages during August and have difficulties in obtaining credit. • The July flooding was perceived to have moderate impact on children’s nutritional status and little impact on infant and young children feeding practices. • In view of the country’s adequate rice availabilities and generally well-functioning domestic markets, the Mission recommends that any eventual food assistance needs to be provided in the form of cash and/ or vouchers. • To cover immediate agricultural needs following the 2015 flooding, the Mission recommends the distribution of seeds for the next monsoon planting season; as well as water and pest-resistant storage containers to protect farmer’s seeds, along with drying nets and post-harvest equipment in the most affected areas. In Rakhine, Sagaing and Ayeyarwaddy, recording the highest livestock losses, urgent restocking of livestock is required to avoid a further fall in animal protein intake; while the rebuilding of fishing gear and boats and the rehabilitation of fish ponds is also needed in the most affected Rakhine State."
Author/creator: Swithun Goodbody, Guljahan Kurbanova, Cristina Coslet, Aaron Wise, Nuria Branders and Sophie Goudet
Language: English
Source/publisher: FAO, WFP
Format/size: pdf (1.2MB-reduced version; 2.2MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=53464#.Vut7ikAp5Kr (UN News Centre article)
Date of entry/update: 18 March 2016


Title: Humanitarian Bulletin Myanmar - Issue 6 | July - October 2015
Date of publication: October 2015
Description/subject: Relief and recovery efforts continue following the worst flooding in decades....• Communities struggle to recover from worst flooding in decades • Hundreds of thousands helped by lo cal response and recovery efforts • 11,000 people remain in flood evacuation sites in Chin and Sagaing • Floods response and recovery continues in Rakhine; one of the worst hit areas • Limited humanitarian access to conflict affected civilians in Sumprabum, Kach in • Up to 6,000 displaced by fighting in Southern Shan • Most of the displac ed have returned to Kokang ________________
Language: English
Source/publisher: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 06 December 2015


Title: UNICEF: Humanitarian Situation Report #8 (as of 24 Sep 2015)
Date of publication: 24 September 2015
Description/subject: Situation Overview: "As sporadic flooding continues in some areas of Myanmar, the number of people termporarily or still displaced since July continues to grow. As of 21 September, nearly 1.7 million people, including over 578,000 children, have been displaced by flooding and landslides across Myanmar. The risk of seasonal flooding will continue through the end of the rainy season in mid-October, with compounded risks of flooding, landslides and strong winds possible during October and November, when cyclones most often hit Myanmar. Supported by UNICEF, the Government of Myanmar is leading the recovery process to ensure short, medium, and long-term support to flood affected areas, including elements of disaster risk reduction and a focus on building back better to ensure that infrastructure is resilient to future hazards. Myanmar is at highest risk for hazards in the Asia-Pacific region, and UNICEF is fully supportive of Government’s emphasis on ensuring that response and recovery programming aims to reduce these risks, especially for the most vulnerable including children, persons with disabilities, and the poor..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNICEF via ReliefWeb
Format/size: pdf (426K)
Alternate URLs: http://reliefweb.int/country/mmr
Date of entry/update: 03 October 2015


Title: UNHCR: Central Area Floods Response Situation Report #5 (as of 14 Sep 2015)
Date of publication: 14 September 2015
Description/subject: Disaster overview: "The coordination team suggests that there are three broad geographic areas. The team has conducted field trips to two of these ‘typical’ areas. Many houses in the areas visited are of timber construction but there are also masonry and semi masonry buildings.  Chin State: Mountainous area severely affected by landslide and access issues. Many households whose houses were destroyed or are now in unsafe locations are obliged to find temporary accommodation until new locations are identified and support for rebuilding is available. Because houses were damaged by ground instability almost all affected houses will need to rebuilt elsewhere. Lack of useable roads is making access to affected villages for assessment and response extremely difficult.  Central plains: River flat areas where fast moving and deep flood waters have damaged houses, destroyed cropping land and food, made some locations unsafe and deposited deep mud. Some households and complete villages will need to relocate and others are waiting for the dry season for mud to dry out. These households are also obliged to wait in less than adequ ate temporary conditions. As well as this some houses are damaged and uninhabitable. Deep mud is restricting access.  Delta area: The coordination team will visit this area in next days to assess the general conditions but government and anecdotal reporting suggests extensive shelter damage..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNHCR via ReliefWeb
Format/size: pdf (430K)
Alternate URLs: http://reliefweb.int/country/mmr
Date of entry/update: 03 October 2015


Title: World Food Program: Operational Report - September 2015
Date of publication: September 2015
Description/subject: Emergency Flood Response: "In late July and August, more than 1.7 million people in 13 states/regions were affected by the widespread floods and landslides, as a result of the tropical Cyclone Komen. WFP prompted an emergency flood response on 2 August, within 48 hours after the declaration of Chin, Magway, Rakhine and Sagaing as Disaster Zones by the President of Myanmar. One month after, WFP and its cooperating partner have reached 100 percent of 455,269 targeted beneficiaries with 3,241 tons of food in the states/regions of Bago, Chin, Kachin, Kayin, Magway, Mon, Rakhine and Sagaing. In support of the Government-led flood response, WFP has seconded a senior staff to the National Natural Disaster Management Committee (NNDMC) to provide technical assistance and as a cluster lead of Logistics and Emergency Telecommunication assisting the NNDMC, WFP is coordinating with relevant ministries in Nay Pyi Taw to provide necessary assistance..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: World Food Program (WFP) via ReleifWeb
Format/size: pdf (1.76MB)
Alternate URLs: http://reliefweb.int/country/mmr
Date of entry/update: 03 October 2015


Title: Myanmar: Floods - Emergency appeal operations update n° MDRMM006
Date of publication: 25 August 2015
Description/subject: Summary: "Since mid-July 2015, torrential rains in Myanmar have caused floods and landslides that have resulted in loss of lives, widespread displacement and loss of livelihoods. Further, Cyclone Komen, which eventually made landfall in Bangladesh, was sitting off the coast of western Myanmar bringing with it strong winds and further heavy rains, worsening the situation in parts of Myanmar. Of the 14 states in Myanmar, 12 have been severely affected. As of 20 August, the National Disaster Management Committee (NDMC) reports that over 1,615,000 people have been severely affected by floods and landslides in July and August. This includes a cumulative number of 384,905 households that have been, or remain, temporarily displaced during this period. The government estimates that over 1.4 million acres of farmland have been inundated from June to August, destroying more than 667,000 acres of crops and significant damage to livestock, causing food insecurity amongst the population. While floods have receded in some areas and people have started to return to their homes, some still remain in evacuation centres. Though communications have been re-established, few affected areas remain cut-off as they are affected by flood waters flowing south. Further, access to remote areas is still limited due to mud and sediments, hampering assessments and relief efforts..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: IFRC via ReleifWeb
Format/size: pdf (575K)
Alternate URLs: http://reliefweb.int/country/mmr
Date of entry/update: 03 October 2015


Title: Solidarity and resilience emerge in Myanmar
Date of publication: 21 August 2015
Description/subject: "How ordinary citizens stepped into the breach and responded to the nation’s worst disaster since Cyclone Nargis. A shirtless farmer trudges up to a semi-circle of singing volunteers. Without a word, he offs his military-issue motorbike helmet and pulls a 1000 kyat (US$ 1) note from the inner-rim, placing it gently on the loungyi (a wrap that often replaces trousers) laid out on the ground in front of a printed vinyl sign: “Taungoo Artists Group – Flood Victims Appeal”. He nods at the guitarist and shuffles back to the crowd, gathered to listen intently to songs honouring the victims of the flood written by local musicians and poets. Meanwhile, nine hours southeast a group of 15 students from an English language centre walk through the heavy rain in a small ethnic Karen, Buddhist town outside Karen State’s capital, Hpa-an. They hold a banner urging local residents to come out and donate to support Myanmar’s flood victims, although no insistence is needed..."
Author/creator: Justine Chambers & Gerard McCarthy
Language: English
Source/publisher: "New Mandala"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 25 August 2015


Title: Myanmar : Floods Emergency Situation Report No. 4 (as of 14 August 2015)
Date of publication: 14 August 2015
Description/subject: Highlights: * More than 1.3 million people have been critically affected by monsoonal floods and landslides during July and August. A cumulative number of almost 300,000 households have been or remain displaced. * To date, 161 locations have been covered by Multi-sectoral Initial Rapid Assessments (MIRA), and 594 locations have been covered by rapid needs assessments in Ayeyarwady, Bago, Chin, Kachin, Magway, Rakhine and Sagaing. * The National Disaster Management Council (NDMC) has developed a draft rehabilitation plan for the states and regions affected by floods and Cyclone Komen. The plan focuses on early recovery efforts needed to remedy the impact on livelihoods and markets, as well as protection services.
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNOCHA
Format/size: pdf (243K)
Date of entry/update: 21 August 2015