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Thailand: President's Malaria Initiative: Greater Mekong Subregion Country Profile

3 August 2015 - 4:45am
Source: Government of the United States of America, US Agency for International Development, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Country: Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Myanmar, Thailand, United States of America, Viet Nam

The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)

Malaria prevention and control is a major U.S. foreign assistance objective, and PMI’s strategy fully aligns with the U.S. Government’s vision of ending preventable child and maternal deaths and ending extreme poverty. Under the PMI Strategy for 2015–2020, the U.S. Government’s goal is to work with PMI-supported countries and partners to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity toward the long-term goal of elimination.

PMI support extends to the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), which is made up of five countries:
Burma, Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Regional Context

Although considerable progress has been made in malaria control in the GMS during the past 10 years, malaria remains a major concern for the international community and ministries of health in the region. This is exacerbated by the development and confirmed spread of resistance to artemisinin drugs, the principal component of the combination therapies for malaria that now are the first-line treatment for malaria throughout the GMS and the world. Recent evidence suggests that artemisinin resistance is more widespread than previously believed. Plasmodium falciparum resistance to artemisinin drugs has now been confirmed in western Cambodia; failures in artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) have been reported from multiple sites on the Thai-Cambodian border; and an early warning sign of artemisinin resistance – i.e., prolongation of parasite clearance times – has been reported from the Thailand-Burma and Burma-China borders and in southern Vietnam.

PMI’s strategy is to focus its malaria control and prevention efforts in selected geographic areas with known or emerging resistance along the Thai-Cambodia and Thai-Burmese borders. Furthermore, PMI is expanding malaria control activities to other target areas within three focus countries where there is confirmed or emerging artemisinin resistance. PMI-supported activities include both regional/cross-cutting activities, such as surveillance for antimalarial drug resistance, antimalarial drug quality monitoring, and regional capacity building, as well as targeted malaria prevention and control activities with a country-specific focus.

Myanmar: Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (28 July - 3 August 2015)

3 August 2015 - 4:37am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Northern Mariana Islands (The United States of America), Papua New Guinea, Viet Nam

MYANMAR

Heavy rains during the last two weeks have caused floods and landslides in several parts of the country. On 31 Jul, the President’s Office announced natural disaster zones in Chin State, Sagaing Region, Magway Region and Rakhine State. As of 2 Aug, the Government has reported over 200,000 people affected and 36 people killed. This figure is likely to rise as more information becomes available.

The Government is leading the response providing food, water, medicines, shelter, non-food items, cash and other relief items.

The UN and INGOs are conducting assessments and scaling up the response, including providing food, emergency health services, water and sanitation assistance, shelter and mosquito nets.1

VIET NAM

The highest rainfall and floods in over 40 years occurred in the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh.

Severe flash floods and landslides were also reported in nearby mountainous areas. On 30 Jul, the Central Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control (CCNDPC) reported 17 people killed, over 1,450 households evacuated, 3,000 households deluged by floodwater and over 30 houses collapsed.

The Central Government is undertaking assessments and search and rescue operations. There is no request for international support. UN partners are supporting satellite imagery acquisition for further situation analysis.2

INDIA

Landslides caused by severe flooding killed at least 21 people in Manipur. The National Disaster Response Force is conducting relief and rescue activities as flood waters begin to recede.3

NEPAL

Landslides caused by heavy rain occurred in two villages in Kaski district, around 150km west of Kathmandu. As of 30 Jul, media report at least 29 people killed and 22 houses destroyed throughout the district. The death toll is expected to rise further as search operations continue. Floods and landslides are expected to further hamper delivery of aid to areas affected by the Apr and May earthquakes.4

NORTHERN PACIFIC

Tropical Cyclone Soudelor is currently over the northern Mariana Islands.
There are no reports of damage so far.
Soudelor is forecast to intensify rapidly as it moves toward China, strengthening to a category five storm (super typhoon) early on 9 Jul. Soudelor is predicted to weaken before making landfall in northern Taiwan (Province of China) where there is significant capacity to respond to natural disasters.5

INDONESIA

On 28 Jul, Indonesia's meteorological agency, BMKG, reported a 7.2 magnitude earthquake had hit Papua Province 75 km south-east of Mamberamo Raya District. Local authorities reported several houses, a hospital and a warehouse in Kasonaweja city (capital) had suffered minor damage while one house was heavily damaged, and one person remains missing.

The national and local authorities are coordinating an assessment of the area, which is challenging due to access difficulties.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

On 31 Jul, the National Disaster Center (NDC) confirmed that Manam volcano in Madang province intermittently spewed ash. Local media reports that two people sustained head injuries due to falling debris from the volcano. As of 1 Aug no casualties were reported while estimated damage to crops remains undetermined. As of 2 Aug no further ash fall was reported.7

Myanmar: Hundreds dead, millions displaced as monsoon rains heap misery on Asia

3 August 2015 - 1:35am
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Viet Nam

Yangon, Myanmar | AFP | Monday 8/3/2015 - 13:08 GMT

by Nan Tin HTWE

Monsoon rains have claimed hundreds of lives across Asia, authorities reported Monday, as rescuers scrambled to reach remote areas of India, Pakistan and Myanmar after flash floods and landslides.

Authorities in India say more than 120 people have died across the country in recent days, while more than a million have been displaced by rains worsened by a cyclone that barrelled through the Bay of Bengal last week.

On Monday rescuers resumed their search for villagers after downpours caused a landslide in India's remote northeastern state of Manipur, where an official said four bodies have so far been recovered from a hamlet buried by a collapsed hill.

In neighbouring Myanmar heavy seasonal rains -- augmented by Cyclone Komen -- have killed 46 people so far and affected more than 200,000, with swathes of the country hit by rooftop-high floods.

The government has designated four "national disaster-affected regions" in central and western Myanmar, where villagers have been forced to use canoes and makeshift rafts to escape the rising waters.

Thousands of others are already in camps for the displaced including in the Kalay district of Sagaing region, where residents told of unusually powerful floodwaters swamping homes in hours.

"We've lost all that we have. Our house is still under water," Htay Shein, 62, told AFP from a temporary shelter in Kalay.

"We have seen floods, but never anything like this before."

An AFP photographer in the area said floodwaters remained stubbornly high earlier Monday, with many people making their way to safety in rafts cobbled together from old tyres, salvaged wood and large plastic bottles.

The United Nations said swollen rivers threaten more areas of the country, adding it could be days before the true extent of the disaster emerges.

"Logistics are extremely difficult. Assessment teams are having a hard time reaching affected areas," said Pierre Peron, Myanmar spokesman for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Myanmar's previous junta government was accused of callous indifference in its sluggish response to Cyclone Nargis in May 2008, which left nearly 140,000 people dead or missing.

But the current quasi-civilian government has seemed eager to show it is mobilising.

President Thein Sein promised authorities would do their "utmost" to provide relief, according to the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar.

Landslides in Chin state -- south of Sagaing -- have destroyed 700 homes in the state capital Hakha, which is completely cut off from surrounding areas, the report added.

Rains have also battered the western state of Rakhine which already hosts about 140,000 displaced people, mainly Rohingya Muslims, who live in exposed coastal camps following deadly 2012 unrest between the minority group and Buddhists.

A consortium of 60 local aid groups meeting in Yangon Monday criticised the government response to the flooding.

"People are trapped, they have no way out," said Aung Myo Min, one of the coordination committee members, adding that government warnings had come "very late".

  • Monsoon misery - The annual monsoon is a lifeline for farmers across the region but heavy rains and powerful cyclones can also prove deadly.

Poor infrastructure and limited search and rescue capabilities routinely hamper relief efforts across the region, with roads, phone lines and electricity often knocked out by rising waters.

India, which receives nearly 80 percent of its annual rainfall from June to September, sees tragedy strike every monsoon season.

This year West Bengal has been hit hard with 48 people killed, according to state management minister Javed Ahmad Khan.

"More than 1.8 million people in 5,600 villages have been affected by the flooding... nearly 1.1 million have been moved to camps," Khan told AFP.

Pakistan has seen 116 people die so far.

Ahmed Kamal, spokesman for Pakistan's National Disaster Management Agency, said more than 850,000 people had been affected by this year's floods.

Dozens have also perished in Nepal and Vietnam following floods and landslides.

In Vietnam toxic mudslides from flood-hit coal mines in the northern province of Quang Ninh, home to the UNESCO-listed Halong Bay tourist site, claimed the lives of two families and spewed coal into town centres.

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Myanmar: Myanmar rescuers to flood zones, 46 dead

3 August 2015 - 1:35am
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Viet Nam

Kalay, Myanmar | AFP | Monday 8/3/2015 - 04:44 GMT

Rescue workers in Myanmar raced on Monday to help tens of thousands of people in remote areas enduring roof-top high floods, as the death toll climbed to at least 46.

Relentless monsoon rains have triggered flash floods and landslides, destroying thousands of houses, farmland, bridges and roads -- with fast-flowing waters hampering relief efforts.

Hundreds have also perished in recent days in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam following floods and landslides triggered by heavy seasonal rains.

In Myanmar, "46 people have died and more than 200,000 have been affected by the floods across the country", an official at the Relief and Resettlement Department told AFP.

"We are speeding up assistance and relief work," said the official, who asked not to be named.

Myanmar is a vast and poor country, where communications and infrastructure are already weak, prompting the United Nations to warn that a full picture of the scale of the disaster may not emerge for days.

Authorities have declared the four worst-hit areas in central and western Myanmar "national disaster-affected regions".

In the impoverished northern Sagaing Region, residents said the flood waters caught them off guard as they swept into villages, swamping homes and fields.

"There was no warning... we thought it was normal (seasonal flooding)," Aye Myat Su, 30, told AFP from a monastery being used as a temporary shelter in the regional capital of Kalay.

"But within a few hours, the whole house was underwater. My husband had to get onto the roof as there was no way out."

Landslides in Chin State -- south of Sagaing -- have destroyed 700 homes in the state capital Haka, while more than 5,000 people in another district are in relief camps, the state-backed Global New Light of Myanmar reported on Monday.

President Thein Sein has promised the government will do its "utmost" to provide relief, but said parts of Chin had been "cut off from surrounding areas", the report added.

Myanmar's Health Ministry says it is distributing medical supplies across the country including chlorine tablets, although it was unclear how it will reach many of the afflicted zones, with boats and helicopters in short supply.

Rains have also battered Rakhine State, which hosts about 140,000 displaced people, mainly Rohingya Muslims, who live in exposed makeshift coastal camps following deadly 2012 unrest between the minority group and Buddhists.

Elsewhere in the region, flooding had claimed the lives of more than 100 people in India, officials there said late on Sunday.

Another 109 have died in Pakistan over the past two weeks, according to authorities there.

Meanwhile in Vietnam rescuers were battling toxic mudslides from flood-hit coal mines in the northern province of Quang Ninh, home to the UNESCO-listed Halong Bay tourist site.

Seventeen people have been killed in recent flooding in Vietnam, including two families swallowed up by the toxic mud.

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Myanmar: Myanmar: Flood Inundated Area in Kale Townships, Sagaing Region (as of 29th July 2015 12:11 AM Local Time

3 August 2015 - 12:20am
Source: UN Development Programme, Myanmar Information Management Unit Country: Myanmar

Myanmar: Floodwater causes havoc in some parts of Sagaing Region

2 August 2015 - 10:56pm
Source: New Light of Myanmar Country: Myanmar

Kalay, 2 Aug — Weeks of heavy rain has caused rivers and creeks to swell in Sagaing Region, flooding some townships in the upper reach of the Chindwin river, officials said.
It has been pouring with rain in the region since 22 July, prompting local authorities to open 11 relief camps in flooded areas to provide emergency aid including healthcare services to thousands of victims.
Floodwater has submerged tens of thousands of acres of farmland, causing extensive damage to people’s property, transport and irrigation facilities, with telecommunication circuits breaking down.
Plans are under way to repair damaged telecommunication base stations when the floods recede.—MNA

Myanmar: Vice President U Nyan Tun meets landslide, flood victims in Haka

2 August 2015 - 10:56pm
Source: New Light of Myanmar Country: Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw, 2 Aug — Vice President U Nyan Tun, together with Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services and Commander-in-Chief (Army)
Vice-Senior General Soe Win, Commander of North-West Command Maj-Gen Min Naung and officials, left Kalay for Haka in Chin State by Tatmadaw helicopter on Sunday morning.
The vice president and party were welcomed by Chief Minister U Hone Ngai of Chin State and officials.
The vice president met with local people at Haka Baptist Church.
Afterwards, the vice president met with officials at Pyidaungsuyeiktha and heard reports on situations of natural disasters and relief assistance.
After hearing reports, the vice president attended to the needs.
Later, the vice president and party inspected relief camps in a church and in a high school and comforted the flood victims before providing them with cash and relief assistance.
Then, the vice president inspected the houses destroyed by landslides in Haka and presented offertories to monks at Haka Myoma Missionary Monastery.
In the afternoon, the vice president and party arrived at Yazana Guest House in Tamu and heard reports on situation of floods and relief measures before inspecting Kangyiwa Bridge washed away by floods.
Tamu district was severely hit by heavy rains and 12 bridges were destroyed there. A total of 5,225 people from 910 families have been evacuated to relief camps.
The vice president and party also inspected the release of water from spillways of Yazagyo Dam and gave necessary instructions.—MNA

Myanmar: Health Ministry plans to refill emergency medical supplies to disaster-hit areas

2 August 2015 - 10:54pm
Source: New Light of Myanmar Country: Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw, 2 Aug — To prevent diseases in the aftermaths of monsoon flooding, the Health Ministry plans to refill emergency medical supplies to the area which have been severely affected by floods. 500 disaster kits, 30 bottles of bleaching powder, 500 commodes and traditional medicine are scheduled to soon send to Sagaing and Magway regions, and Rakhine and Chin states.
The health ministry has already provided necessary medical equipment including chlorine tablets, bottles of snake venom and medicated mosquito nets to every regions and states.

MNA

Myanmar: Emergency aid distributed to flood victims

2 August 2015 - 10:46pm
Source: New Light of Myanmar Country: Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw, 2 Aug — The Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development said Saturday that it has distributed emergency aid to flood victims in affected areas.
The Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, the Department of Fisheries and the Department of Rural Development provided over K 128.4 million worth of aid, including foodstuffs, animal foods and veterinary medicines.

MNA

Myanmar: Lifeboats, lifejackets arrive from Singapore

2 August 2015 - 10:44pm
Source: New Light of Myanmar Country: Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw, 2 Aug — Authorities discovered 2 big lifeboats, 4 small lifeboats and 100 life jackets for flood victims on Flight 8M230 of Singapore Airway at Yangon International Airport at 2.45 pm on Saturday and contacted Daw Yin YinWai who received the relief assistance on Sunday morning.
There is no shipment of relief items by sea but arrangements are underway to hand over relief assistance properly.

MNA

Myanmar: Volunteers move flood victims, cattle to relief camps in NyaungU Tsp, Mandalay Region

2 August 2015 - 10:36pm
Source: New Light of Myanmar Country: Myanmar

NyaungU, 1 Aug— Under the supervision of township authorities, 100 police, firefighters and local residents rescued flood victims Friday from Hselan village in NyaungU Township with the use of six motorboats and two vehicles.
The flood victims are being accommodated at relief camps opened at four monasteries in the village.
A total of 185 people and 63 cows are staying at the relief camp at Shwekyaung monastery, 574 people and 212 cows at Kanma monastery, 102 people and 23 cows at Myathida monastery, and 128 people and 35 cows at Myodaunt monastery.Volunteers and residents also helped 94 flood victims, along with 827 cows and 26 sheep, evacuate to a relief camp in Pakokkukyun village.
Township Public Health Department workers have provided healthcare services to the flood victims.—Ye Thura Aung (NyaungU)

Myanmar: Air Force takes relief aid to flood victims in Rakhine State

2 August 2015 - 10:35pm
Source: New Light of Myanmar Country: Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw, 1 Aug— The Air Force transported clothing, towels and soap from Nay Pyi Taw airport to flood-affected Rakhine State on Friday in an emergency relief operation.
More than K5,954,000 worth of supplies were transported in the airlift organized by the Department of Relief and Resettlement under the guidance of the National Disaster Preparedness Central Committee.
The department also sent K24,195,000 worth of tarpaulins, clothes and family kits in an airlift from Mingaladon International Airport.—MNA

Myanmar: Relief supplies, foods donated to flood victims, Myittha, Chindwin rivers exceed danger levels

2 August 2015 - 10:34pm
Source: New Light of Myanmar Country: Myanmar

Minbu, 1 Aug — Overflow of Mann and Mone creeks in Minbu District, Magway Region, caused flash flooding in Minbu, Pwintbyu and Sedoktara townships as of 29 July.
Flood victims from Letpantaw and Layeindan villages in Minbu Township were evacuated to safe places by Mottama-6 Z-craft of Mann oil field on 31 July.
Magway Region Chief Minister U Phone Maw Shwe and officials supervised rescue and relief works after visiting Minbu, Pwintbyu, Sedoktara, Salin and Yenangyoung townships on Saturday.
Well-wishers from Magway and Minbu donated relief supplies and foods to flood victims while officials rushed patients to Magway People’s Hospital and the teaching hospital of Magway Medical University.
Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement provided relief items to more than 1,400 flood victims in Pwintbyu and foods, clothes and purified drinking water to the victims in Kalay.
Water level in Myittha river exceeds 1041cm more than 1000cm of danger level in Kalay. Yazagyo Dam still drains out surplus water from spillway on Saturday. Chindwin River also exceeds 85cm more than 1000cm of danger level in Monywa. That is why flood prevention measures are being taken. One person was dead in Maungtaw Township, Rakhine State, in the event of cyclonic storm that also destroyed schools, houses and power lines.

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Myanmar: Utmost efforts to be made for providing emergency aid: President U Thein Sein

2 August 2015 - 10:33pm
Source: New Light of Myanmar Country: Myanmar

Kalay, 1 Aug — President U Thein Sein promised that the government would make utmost efforts to provide aid to flood victims across the country during his visit Friday to flood-hit Kalay, Sagaing Region.
He also stressed the need for cooperation between local people, non-governmental organizations and governmental departments in providing relief to the flood victims in Kalay District.
During his visit to the flood victims sheltering at schools in Kalay, the president said the government would mill more than 130,000 tons of rice stored by the Tatmadaw and provide it to the flood victims.
The president presented clothes, foods, drinking water bottles and medicines to more than 8,100 flood victims sheltering at the five schools in Kalay.
GNLM

Myanmar: UNICEF urges parties to make child-focused policy platforms

2 August 2015 - 10:32pm
Source: New Light of Myanmar Country: Myanmar

By Ye Myint

Yangon, 1 Aug — UNICEF Myanmar urged all of the country’s political parties Saturday to put children at the centre of their policy platforms for the 8 November general election. “Children do not vote but their families do,” said Bertrand Bainvel, UNICEF’s Chief Representative to Myanmar, calling on parties contesting the election to make new commitments for children.
Mr Bainvel said a “6 pecent increase in the share of the government’s budget—from 9 percent to 15 percent—dedicated to education, health and social welfare” would improve the prospects of “millions of Myanmar children.” “I would like to urge parties to prioritize the critically important first 1,000 days in the life of a child, to achieve universal free and compulsory education by 2020, to expand social welfare and social interventions and to build a social protection system for children,” he said.Referring to 2014 census data, UNICEF Myanmar said children were overrepresented in the poorest section of the population, with 4.4 million children aged 5 to 18 out of school and 10 million living in poverty.
UNICEF and the NGO Child Rights Working Group (NCRWG) are working together to secure commitments from political parties to increase social spending for children should they get elected, and to provide an opportunity for them to raise their concerns with candidates. — GNLM

Myanmar: Landslides hit Chin State

2 August 2015 - 10:30pm
Source: New Light of Myanmar Country: Myanmar

By Aye Min Soe

Yangon, 1 Aug — Landslides triggered by torrential rain continued to cause severe damage Saturday in western Myanmar’s Chin State, leaving major roads and more than 60 homes destroyed in the capital Haka, which has been left cut off from surrounding areas.
President U Thein Sein said Saturday that the government would expedite efforts to clear roads and send emergency goods to the Chin State.
The city was left facing food shortages after a landslide Friday severed the Haka-Gangaw Road, a vital route for supplies into the city.
There have been no casualties reported in the city so far, according to a resident.
Haka has experienced landslides from 24 June, according to a volunteer helping with evacuation efforts.Damage to roads caused by the landslides has hindered emergency operations, he added.
Flash floods in Mindat, in the state’s south, destroyed seven bridges including two bailey bridges and four suspension bridges Friday.
Firefighters also evacuated a family from a two-storey building in Falam, in the state’s north, because of landslide danger.
The government’s weather bureau on Saturday forecast continued heavy rainfall for Chin and Rakhine states and Magway region.
Weather expert Dr Tun Lwin on Saturday warned residents of northern Shan stated to be alert to landslides and flash flood as heavy rain fall are expected there.
The monsoon is moderate in the Andaman Sea and South Bay of Bengal and strong to vigorous elsewhere in the bay, according to the Meteorology and Hydrology Department.

Myanmar: Flood Bulletin (Issued at 13:00 hrs M.S.T on 2-8-2015)

2 August 2015 - 10:26pm
Source: Government of Myanmar Country: Myanmar

The water level of Ayeyarwady River at Pakokku has reached its danger level starting from 2-8-2015, (10:00) ‌am. According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level has exceeded by (1) cm above its danger level. It may continue to rise about (1) foot during the next (2) days and may remain above its danger level.

The water level of Ayeyarwady River at Nyaung Oo has reached its danger level starting from 1-8-2015, (01:30) ‌am. According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level has exceeded by (54) cm (about 1.8-feet) above its danger level. It may continue to rise about (1) foot during the next (3) days and may remain above its danger level.

The water level of Ayeyarwady River at Minbu has reached its danger level starting from 1-8-2015, (10:00) ‌am. According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level has exceeded by (37) cm (about 1.2-feet) above its danger level. It may continue to rise about (1) foot during the next (3) days and may remain above its danger level.

The water level of Ayeyarwady River at Magway has reached its danger level starting from 1-8-2015, (19:30) ‌pm. According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level has exceeded by (16) cm (about 0.5-foot) above its danger level. It may continue to rise about (1) foot during the next (3) days and may remain above its danger level.

The water level of Ayeyarwady River at Aunglan has reached its danger level starting from 1-8-2015, (04:30) ‌am. According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level has exceeded by (47) cm (about 1.5 -feet) above its danger level. It may continue to rise about (1) foot during the next (3) days and may remain above its danger level.

The water level of Ayeyarwady River at Pyay has reached its danger level starting from 31-7-2015, (23:30) pm. According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level has exceeded by (50) cm (about 1.6-feet) above its danger level. It may continue to rise about (1) foot during the next (3) days and may remain above its danger level.

The water level of Ayeyarwady River at Seiktha has reached its danger level starting from 1-8-2015, (06:30) ‌am. According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level has exceeded by (57) cm (about 1.9- feet) above its danger level. It may continue to rise about (1.5) feet during the next (3) days and may remain above its danger level.

The water level of Ayeyarwady River at Hinthada has reached its danger level starting from 31-7-2015, (00:30) am. According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level has exceeded by (79) cm (about 2.6-feet) above its danger level. It may continue to rise about (1.5) feet during the next (3) days and may remain above its danger level.

The water level of Ayeyarwady River at Zalun has reached its danger level starting from 1-8-2015, (00:30) ‌am. According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level has exceeded by (62) cm (about 2-feet) above its danger level. It may continue to rise about (1.5) feet during the next (3) days and may remain above its danger level.

The water level of Chindwin River at Mawlaik has reached its danger level starting from 31-7-2015, (23:30) ‌pm. According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level has exceeded by (128) cm (about 4.2-feet) above its danger level. It may continue to rise about (1) foot during the next (24) hrs commencing noon taday.

The water level of Chindwin River at Kalewa has reached its danger level starting from 29-7-2015, (02:30) ‌am. According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level has exceeded by (330) cm (about 10.8-feet) above its danger level. It may continue to rise about (1) foot during the next (2) days and may remain above its danger level.

The water level of Chindwin River at Monywa has reached its danger level starting from 30-7-2015, (06:30) ‌am. According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level has exceeded by (124) cm (about 4.1-feet) above its danger level. It may continue to rise about (1) foot during the next (3) days and may remain above its danger level.

The water level of Chindwin River at Monywa (1124) cm observed at (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, is the highest of (50) years ( 1966- 2015 ) record. The previous highest water level of Chindwin River at Monywa is (1099) cm observed on (20.8.2002).

The water level of Sittoung River at Madauk has reached its danger level starting from 27-7-2015, (18:30) ‌pm. According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level has exceeded by (120) cm (about 3.9-feet) above its danger level. It may fall about (1) foot during the next (3) days and may remain above its danger level.

The water level of Shwegyin River at Shwegyin has reached its danger level starting from 30-7-2015, (11:30) ‌am. According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level has exceeded by (31) cm (about 1-foot) above its danger level. It may fall beow its danger level during the next (2) days.

The water level of Thanlwin River at Hpaan has reached its danger level starting from 28-7-2015, (14:30) ‌am. According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level has exceeded by (82) cm (about 2.7-feet) above its danger level. It may fall about (1.5) feet during the next (2) days and may remain above its danger level.

The water level of Ngawun River at Ngathaing Chaung has reached its danger level starting from 27-7-2015, (16:30) ‌am. According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level has exceeded by (72) cm (about 2.4-feet) above its danger level. It may continue to rise about (0.5) foot during the next (3) days and may remain above its danger level.

Myanmar: Myanmar Flood Situation Update No. 1 - Sunday, 02 August 2015 18:00 hrs (UTC+7)

2 August 2015 - 1:07pm
Source: Association of Southeast Asian Nations Country: Myanmar

Highlights

  • Approximately 156,000 people were affected by flood throughout the country, particularly in Sagaing Region, and Kachin and Shan States.
  • Flooding have also been reported in upper Rakhine, lower Chin and Kayin States.
  • Myanmar’s Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) reported 27 death due to the incident.
  • After visiting the affected sites, on 31 July, President Thein Sein issued a statement declaring natural disaster zones in Chin and Rakhine States and Sagaing and Wagway Regions.
  • Local authorities, ministries and departements, military and police as well as local and International NGOs are responding to the situation to provide assistance.
  • Based on the Myanmar’s Meteorology and Hydrometeorology Department, above normal rains are expected to happen in the next days in Bago Region, Kachin, Shan, Rakhine, Kayin and Mon States.

Myanmar: UN warns Myanmar flood toll to increase as rains lash region

2 August 2015 - 2:44am
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Viet Nam

Yangon, Myanmar | AFP | Sunday 8/2/2015 - 19:29 GMT | by Nan Tin HTWE

The toll from flash floods and landslides in Myanmar caused by days of torrential rain is likely to rise, the UN warned Sunday, as monsoon downpours heaped misery on thousands across the region.

At least 27 people have been killed and more than 150,000 affected by flooding in Myanmar in recent days, with the government declaring the four worst-hit areas in central and western Myanmar "national disaster-affected regions".

Scores have also perished in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam following floods and landslides triggered by heavy seasonal rains.

Rescue work in Myanmar has been hampered by continued downpours and the inaccessibility of many of the remote regions battered by the deluges.

In Kalay, one of the worst-hit towns in the country's northwest Sagaing region, floodwaters on Sunday had risen as high as the roofs of houses and above the tops of coconut trees, an AFP photographer at the scene said.

Vast tracts of farmland had been swallowed up by the flooding, turning a normally fertile flat valley into an expansive lake.

An official at Myanmar's Relief and Resettlement Department, who asked not to be named, told AFP that at least 166,000 people have now been affected by the floods.

But the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the real figure was likely to be "significantly higher" because many areas "have still not been reached or reported on by assessment teams".

OCHA said the official death toll of 27 was also likely an underestimate.

"As further information becomes available, this figure is also expected to increase," the statement warned.

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Seasonal monsoon rains have also brought death and destruction to other Asian nations.

The death toll in India had passed 100, officials said late Sunday.

About 20 people were feared dead after a hill collapsed onto a village in the northeastern state of Manipur on Saturday following incessant rain, a local magistrate said.

Rescuers were Sunday clawing through mud and debris searching for survivors and victims of the accident in the remote village in Chandel district, which borders Myanmar.

"So far we have reports of 20 people killed when a hillock caved and trapped the villagers," magistrate Memi Mary told AFP by telephone from Chandel town.

The Press Trust of India reported a further three people had drowned in the floodwaters in Manipur over the past few days.

In the worst-hit western state of Gujarat the death toll stood at 53.

In West Bengal, some 42 people have been killed in the last week from flooding, while some 250,000 homes have been destroyed, the state's minister for disaster management, Javed Ahmad Khan, said.

Meanwhile in Vietnam rescuers were battling toxic mudslides from flood-hit coal mines in the northern province of Quang Ninh, home to the UNESCO-listed Halong Bay tourist site.

Seventeen people have been killed in recent flooding, including two families swallowed up by the toxic mud.

"In one second, mud and rock smashed into my house. We were lucky to escape with our daughter," To Thi Huyen, a 37-year-old primary school teacher, told AFP.

Inundations have also hit Pakistan with 109 killed and almost 700,000 affected by floods in the last two weeks, while 36 people have perished in landslides in Nepal.

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Two of the worst-hit areas in Myanmar are the remote, impoverished western states of Chin and Rakhine.

The Myanmar Red Cross Society said 300 homes in Rakhine had been destroyed or damaged, with around 1,500 people evacuated to shelters.

"The figures are expected to increase in the coming days as Red Cross assessment teams access remote areas of Rakhine affected by the flooding," the agency's head Maung Maung Khin said in a statement Sunday.

Rakhine already hosts some 140,000 displaced people, mainly Rohingya Muslims, who live in exposed makeshift coastal camps following deadly 2012 unrest between the minority group and Buddhists.

Rescue workers have been mobilised across the country but the sheer extent of the flooding is testing the government's limited capacity to cope with disasters, officials admit.

In Bago region, three hours north of Myanmar's commercial hub Yangon, floodwaters had forced more than a thousand people to take shelter in a monastery.

"There's just too much rain this year and the dams had to let the water out," construction worker Hla Wai, whose house was partially underwater, told AFP at the monastery.

Myanmar's annual monsoon is a lifeline for farmers but the rains and frequent powerful cyclones can also prove deadly, with landslides and flash floods a common occurrence.

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Myanmar: Myanmar: Flood Inundated Area in Taze, Kanbalu and Kyunhla Townships, Sagaing Region (as of 30th July 2015)

1 August 2015 - 5:13pm
Source: UN Development Programme, Myanmar Information Management Unit Country: Myanmar