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Myanmar: MSWRR, Tatmadaw make flood relief efforts

15 August 2016 - 12:08am
Source: Government of Myanmar Country: Myanmar

The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement is making flood relief efforts in close coordination and cooperation with military troops in affected regions and states, its union minister said in a press conference in Yangon yesterday.
Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye said the floods cut off an area in Kachin State, making it inaccessible except by air. “Military helicopters provide immediate airlifts of relief supplies,” he said, recalling the army’s quick response to the rescue efforts in previous disasters. “The role of the army in response to disasters is of paramount importance.” The military medical teams would rush instantly to places where there was a shortage of health staff, the union minister said.
The onset of incessant rain from mid-July has battered 71 townships in six regions and three states, prompting the authorities and civil society to carry out the emergency evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from the disaster.
According to official statistics, as of 13 August, more than 430,000 people were evacuated to safer areas.
Flood waters in Kachin State and Sagaing Region have started receding, with local people saying that there were no more rescue camps. In Mandalay Region, 12 townships were affected by the recent floods, which reports said were receding.
According to the press conference, dozens of townships remain flooded: 11 in Magway Region, 6 in Bago Region, 13 in Ayeyawady Region and 5 in Yangon Region.
From 15 July to 13 August, the ministry spent K83.27 million from its budget and K484.85 million from the disaster management fund on relief and rescue efforts in the flood-affected states and regions.

Myanmar: FLOOD PROTECTION — VP pledges to assist in rehabilitation of flood victims in Ayeyawady Region

15 August 2016 - 12:06am
Source: Government of Myanmar Country: Myanmar

VICE President U Henry Van Thio pledged to assist in the rehabilitation of flood-affected people in the Ayeyawady Region and stressed the need to step up preparedness to fight such disasters in future.
At a meeting with flood-affected people sheltering at a monastery in Nyaungdon the vice president called on locals to cooperate with the government in disaster preparedness matters as the country is experiencing flooding nearly every year.
During his tour of Ayeyawady Region, Vice President U Hnery Van Thio visited flood-affected people sheltering at temporary relief camps in Ngathaingchaung, Laymyatnar, Hinthada, Zalun, Danubyu and Nyaungdon and presented aid to them.
The vice president also inspected dams and dykes.
The flooding hit nineteen townships in the region, displacing more than 120,000 residents.
Local authorities have established more than 680 shelters for the peoples in the areas affected by flooding.
The flooding has reportedly submerged more than 202,000 acres of farmland with paddy plants, according to the General Administration Department of Ayeyawady Region.
The flooding has also forced schools to shut their doors in the region.
Meawhile, three rivers which are currently exceeding their flooding danger level are expected to fall back to safer levels over the next two days, according the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology Department.

Myanmar: Myanmar: Flood Bulletin (Issued at 13:00 hr M.S.T on 13-8-2016)

14 August 2016 - 12:07am
Source: Government of Myanmar Country: Myanmar

(1) Flood condition of Ayeyarwaddy River

According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water levels have exceeded by about (½) foot at Hinthada and about (1) foot at Zalun of Ayeyarwaddy river above their respevtive danger levels, the water levels may fall below their respective danger levels during the next (1) day.

(2) Flood condition of Ngawun River

According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level of Ngawun river at Ngathaingchaung has exceeded about (2½) feet above its danger level, its may fall below it danger levels during the next (5) days.

(3) Flood condition of Toe River

According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level of Toe river at Maubin has exceeded about (½) foot above its danger level, its may fall below it danger level during the next (1) day.

Myanmar: Floods shift to south - Flood kills six, affects more than 420,000 people nationwide

12 August 2016 - 11:48am
Source: Government of Myanmar Country: Myanmar

Nationwide flooding, which began in mid-July and so far killed six people, has also affected more than 420,000 people in 98,000 households, according to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.

Bago, Ayeyawady and Yangon regions are still experiencing flooding, while some regions, including Kachin State and Sagaing, Mandalay, Magway regions shut down shelters as floodwaters receded. Nine townships in Bago Region, 12 townships in Ayayawady Region and three townships in Yangon Region are the latest areas hit by flooding, forcing the relocation of people in flood-hit areas to shelters.

The ministry has so far spent more than K 468 million in aid to the people affected by the floods. Vice President U Henry Van Thio, the chairman of National Natural Disaster Management Committee, met with flood victims in Moenyo Township, Bago Region and provided cash and gifts yesterday. Accompanied by Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye, Bago Region Chief Minister U Win Thein, Deputy Minister Maj-Gen Aung Soe and officials, the Vice President visited a relief camp at the compound of Maha Thumingala Bronze Buddha Image in Moenyo.

Speaking words of encouragement, the Vice President stressed the need for a strong spirit to face the challenges of responding to disasters and pledged the government’s commitment to assisting flood recovery.

He also called for public participation in realisation of the government’s policies on systematic exploitation of natural resources and minerals and prevention of deforestation.

Next, flood victims in the township’s 27 relief camps were provided with cash and gifts including food supplies donated by the Ayeyawady Foundation and the Southern Command.

The Vice President then inspected flood damage to Khaungpin dyke and the Tapun-Natalin-Minhla-Moenyo dyke and coordinated matters to repair the dykes as soon as possible to mitigate the loss of farmlands.

On his arrival at a station hospital in Yaykin, the Vice President emphasized the need to keep antivenom ready for emergencies, take necessary measures against possible waterborne disease outbreaks and conduct personal hygiene education.

Next, he comforted the patients receiving treatment at the hospital and presented cash assistance to them.

During his stay in Moenyo, the Vice President also spoke words of encouragement while cordially meeting with flood victims in Kyun Nyo village.

GNLM with Myanmar News Agency

Myanmar: Floods shift to south - Flood kills six, affect more than 420,000 people nationwide

12 August 2016 - 11:48am
Source: Government of Myanmar Country: Myanmar

Nationwide flooding, which began in mid-July and so far killed six people, has also affected more than 420,000 people in 98,000 households, according to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.

Bago, Ayeyawady and Yangon regions are still experiencing flooding, while some regions, including Kachin State and Sagaing, Mandalay, Magway regions shut down shelters as floodwaters receded. Nine townships in Bago Region, 12 townships in Ayayawady Region and three townships in Yangon Region are the latest areas hit by flooding, forcing the relocation of people in flood-hit areas to shelters.

The ministry has so far spent more than K 468 million in aid to the people affected by the floods. Vice President U Henry Van Thio, the chairman of National Natural Disaster Management Committee, met with flood victims in Moenyo Township, Bago Region and provided cash and gifts yesterday. Accompanied by Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye, Bago Region Chief Minister U Win Thein, Deputy Minister Maj-Gen Aung Soe and officials, the Vice President visited a relief camp at the compound of Maha Thumingala Bronze Buddha Image in Moenyo.

Speaking words of encouragement, the Vice President stressed the need for a strong spirit to face the challenges of responding to disasters and pledged the government’s commitment to assisting flood recovery.

He also called for public participation in realisation of the government’s policies on systematic exploitation of natural resources and minerals and prevention of deforestation.

Next, flood victims in the township’s 27 relief camps were provided with cash and gifts including food supplies donated by the Ayeyawady Foundation and the Southern Command.

The Vice President then inspected flood damage to Khaungpin dyke and the Tapun-Natalin-Minhla-Moenyo dyke and coordinated matters to repair the dykes as soon as possible to mitigate the loss of farmlands.

On his arrival at a station hospital in Yaykin, the Vice President emphasized the need to keep antivenom ready for emergencies, take necessary measures against possible waterborne disease outbreaks and conduct personal hygiene education.

Next, he comforted the patients receiving treatment at the hospital and presented cash assistance to them.

During his stay in Moenyo, the Vice President also spoke words of encouragement while cordially meeting with flood victims in Kyun Nyo village.

GNLM with Myanmar News Agency

Myanmar: Myanmar: Humanitarian Funding Update (as of 30 Jun 2016)

12 August 2016 - 8:25am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Myanmar

Myanmar: Flood Inundated Area - in Bago, Ayeyarwady and Yangon Region (as of 9 August 2016)

12 August 2016 - 7:38am
Source: Myanmar Information Management Unit Country: Myanmar

Myanmar: Flood Inundated Area - in Magwa, Bago, Ayeyarwady Region (as of 9 August 2016)

12 August 2016 - 7:34am
Source: Myanmar Information Management Unit Country: Myanmar

World: Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Positions (as of 09 August 2016)

12 August 2016 - 3:34am
Source: Inter-Agency Standing Committee Country: Afghanistan, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, World, Yemen

Myanmar: Myanmar: Thaton Field Report: January to December 2015

12 August 2016 - 1:44am
Source: Karen Human Rights Group Country: Myanmar

This Field Report describes events occurring in Thaton District between January and December 2015. It includes information submitted by KHRG community members on a range of human rights violations and other issues important to the local community including: the Myanmar 2015 general election, ceasefire concerns and military situation, community development and for-profit development, health and education, forced relocation and land confiscation.

  • Regarding the 2015 general election, local villagers across Thaton District complained of disappointment about representative parties for not holding proper education in their constituency during the campaign period. Villagers did not understand how to vote and where to vote. In addition, local people who did not have an ID card were not allow to vote but also some people who were eligible to vote were excluded from the voting list.

  • In terms of health and education, although the Myanmar government itself as well as NGOs built clinics and provided medication in local communities, health care service overall is still poor across Thaton District. Likewise, there are various kinds of schools and types of teachers in Thaton District and some students in rural areas quit their education after they finished primary school.

  • During the 2015 reporting period, KHRG received information about ongoing land confiscation and forced relocation in the research areas, and the impact this was having on local people.

Myanmar: Myanmar: Mergui-Tavoy Situation Update: Ler Muh Lah Township, November 2015 to January 2016

12 August 2016 - 1:40am
Source: Karen Human Rights Group Country: Myanmar

This Situation Update describes events occurring in Ler Muh Lah Township, Mergui-Tavoy District between November 2015 and January 2016, including military activity, education and healthcare.

  • In Ler Muh Lah Township, the Tatmadaw held their military training in P’Soh Oo village and near P’Nweh Hpoh Kloh village, P’Law area village tract where they have their training buildings. On January 7th 2016, they transported rations by 20 military trucks to Naw Teh village army camp.

  • Both the Karen National Union (KNU) and the Burma/Myanmar government built clinics in the villages in Ler Muh Lah Township. However, while the KNU provide free medicine in their clinics, which benefits the villagers a lot, the villagers have to pay for medical treatment in the Burma/Myanmar government clinics.

  • Regarding education in Ler Muh Lah Township, both the KNU and the Burma/Myanmar government built schools and vocational schools which benefit the villagers a lot.

Situation Update | Ler Muh Lah Township, Mergui-Tavoy District (November 2015 to January 2016)

The following Situation Update was received by KHRG in March 2016. It was written by a community member in Mergui-Tavoy District who has been trained by KHRG to monitor human rights conditions. It is presented below translated exactly as originally written, save for minor edits for clarity and security.[1]

I would like to report on the situation in Ler Muh Lah Township. The subjects are the situation of Tatmadaw [activity], the civilian situation, healthcare and education.

Situation of the Tatmadaw

After the [2012 preliminary] ceasefire,[2] there have been no problems in Ler Muh Lah Township. The Tatmadaw organised [military] training in the whole of Ta Naw Th’Ree Region. In Ler Muh Lah Township, they came to organise [military] training in P’Soh Oo village and near P’Nweh Hpoh Kloh village, P’Law area [village tract]. There are also training buildings [in these places]. Whenever they patrolled [as part of military operations], they patrolled in the [above] villages. The training lasted for three months from November [2015] to January 2016. On January 7th 2016, they [the Tatmadaw] transported their rations by 20 military trucks. They went through K’Hsaw Hpoh Yweh Ler Hpa Doh [village] road and Yeh Wah [village] mountain road to Naw Teh [village army camp].

Situation of civilians

In Ler Muh Lah Township, the main occupations of the villagers for their livelihoods are working on hill farming, plain farming, plantation farming, breeding animals and [other types of] agriculture. Since there was unusual rain [for the season] this year, the insects destroyed the paddy, which caused much difficulty for the civilians. Because of the flooding, the place [working land] for livelihoods had been destroyed. A Bamar village was burnt in Ler Muh Lah Township so they faced many things [problems]. The surrounding villagers provided them with support.

Situation of healthcare

In Ler Muh Lah Township, a clinic was built in Toh Teh Hta village, in the upper part of Htee Moh Pwa area [village tract] [by the KNU] in the KNU side [KNU-controlled area]. The surrounding villagers come to have medical check-ups at the clinic if they have any [health] problems. This benefits them so much. It benefits the IDPs [Internally Displaced Persons] and the mountainous people so much. The [Burma/Myanmar] government also set up a number of clinics in Karen villages [in Ler Muh Lah Township]. It also brings benefit [to the villagers]. However, the problem is that the villagers do not have enough money to pay for the medicine. The KNU’s clinic is free but the [Burma/Myanmar] government’s clinic is not free. That is the difference.

Education

Regarding education in Ler Muh Lah Township, the KNU built schools and the [Burma/Myanmar] government built vocational schools. The KNU has three schools which are Ta Muh Ta Hkuh school, Htaw Kweh Soh [village] school, and Toh Teh Hta [village] school. Ta Muh Ta Hkuh school and Haw Kweh Soh [village] school have four standards[3] and Toh Teh Hta [village] school has ten standards. Since the schools have been built, they bring so much benefit to those who could not previously send their children to school and to the mountainous people. The KNU schools’ teachers have to attend training for one month each year. In [Burma/Myanmar] government controlled-areas, there is a school in every Karen village. The [Burma/Myanmar] government also set up vocational schools in Karen villages. I see that Karen people are able to teach and learn the Karen language in [Burma/Myanmar] government schools and they are also able to learn how to weave Karen clothes. KNU teachers recorded the number of Karen schools and they provided books and school materials [to the KNU schools] but there are not enough [for all of the schools].

Conclusion

As mentioned above, I have reported about the situation of the Tatmadaw, the situation of the civilians, and healthcare and education in Ler Muh Lah Township.

FOOTNOTES

[1] KHRG trains community members in southeast Burma/Myanmar to document individual human rights abuses using a standardised reporting format; conduct interviews with other villagers; and write general updates on the situation in areas with which they are familiar.  When writing situation updates, community members are encouraged to summarise recent events, raise issues that they consider to be important, and present their opinions or perspective on abuse and other local dynamics in their area.

[2] On January 12

th 2012, a preliminary ceasefire agreement was signed between the KNU and Burma/Myanmar government in Hpa-an. Negotiations for a longer-term peace plan are still under way. For updates on the peace process, see the KNU Stakeholder webpage on the Myanmar Peace Monitor website. For KHRG's analysis of changes in human rights conditions since the ceasefire, see _Truce or Transition? Trends in human rights abuse and local response since the 2012 ceasefire_, KHRG, May 2014. In March 2015, the seventh round of the negotiations for a national ceasefire between the Burma/Myanmar government and various ethnic armed actors began in Yangon, see “Seventh Round of Nationwide Ceasefire Negotiations,” _Karen National Union Headquarters_, March 18th 2015. Following the negotiations, the KNU held a central standing committee emergency, see “KNU: Emergency Meeting Called To Discuss Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement And Ethnic Leaders’ Summit,” _Karen News_, April 22nd 2015.

[3] A standard refers to a school year in the education system of Burma/Myanmar. The basic education system has a 5-4-2 structure. Primary school runs from Standard 1 to Standard 5, lower secondary school is Standards 6-9, and upper secondary school is Standards 10-11.

Myanmar: Authorities begin vaccinations to combat measles outbreak in Myanmar’s Naga zone

11 August 2016 - 9:34pm
Source: Radio Free Asia Country: Myanmar

Authorities and health-care workers have started providing measles vaccinations to more than 600 people who live in eight villages in remote and impoverished northwestern Myanmar following a series of fatalities from a deadly outbreak of the contagious disease since June, a local official said.

As of Sunday, 41 people—many of them children—in Lahe and Nanyun townships of the Naga Self-Administered Zone have died from measles and other infectious viral diseases since June, said Thein Zaw, assistant director of the region’s administrative office.

Twenty people, including the director-general of the country’s Public Health Department, doctors, and health-care workers from Myanmar’s administrative capital Naypyidaw, began administering the vaccinations on Aug. 6, but they have been hampered from reaching the villagers because of the region’s poor roads, he said.

“Authorities and health-care workers are providing measles vaccinations in the region, [but] the roads are very bad and make traveling difficult,” Thein Zaw said.

“Although people are repairing the roads, they are still not getting better,” he said.

“The weather has also damaged the roads,” he said, because it is currently the monsoon season in the mountainous region populated by the Naga ethnic group.

Because of poor road infrastructure, it took doctors a week to reach the affected villages, where about 2,500 people live, after they heard about an outbreak of an unknown illness, according to a report by The New York Times on Aug. 6.

In 2015, Myanmar’s health ministry, assisted by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, rolled out a national campaign to immunize more than 17 million children aged nine months to 15 years against measles and rubella, but it may have missed some children in remote places.

The highly contagious respiratory infection caused by a virus is a one of the major causes of child mortality, especially in underdeveloped countries like Myanmar where people in remote areas lack access to basic medical care.

Reported by Zarni Htun for RFA’s Myanmar Service. Translated by Khet Mar. Written in English by Roseanne Gerin.

Myanmar: Floods hit Pegu division

11 August 2016 - 8:38pm
Source: Irrawaddy Country: Myanmar

Pegu Division has become the latest region hit by flooding in Burma, with more than 50,000 people affected, according to the office of the divisional government.

As of Tuesday, 177 relief camps had been opened in six townships in the division. Monyo Township was hit the hardest—with 18,000 people forced to flee to relief camps—followed by Padaung Township, citing 15,000 victims.

“There are 37 village tracts and five wards in Monyo Township and only two of the village tracts are not flooded. The river has stopped rising, but because the embankment broke, it is likely that water will continue to flow into the town,” said Aye Win, a lawmaker representing Monyo Township in the divisional parliament.

More than 130 houses were wiped out by flooding near Monyo’s Myit Makha village, said Aye Win.

The Pegu divisional government has supplied about 1,000 bags of rice and cash for victims in Monyo Township through the township’s General Administration Department. But supplies will not last beyond August 12 and the situation will worsen if the floodwaters do not recede.

In Tharrawaddy Township, some flood victims have had difficulty getting to relief camps from their homes.

“We have been assisting victims, but donors from the Ayeyarwady Foundation only arrived today,” said Saw Sarte, a priest at Tharrawaddy Church, which has been sheltering 325 flood victims from Tharrawaddy Township.

“We had to bring them from their homes by boat and then by car to get here,” said the priest.

Myanmar: Tatmadaw provides food, healthcare to flood victims in Yangon and Ayeyawady Regions

11 August 2016 - 11:09am
Source: New Light of Myanmar Country: Myanmar

TATMADAW members of Yangon Region Military Command on Monday provided food to flood victims from Nyaungdon Township of Ayeyawady and Taikkyi Township of Yangon Region. The flood victims were then relocated by service members.

Soldiers also shored up Uto-Ahphyauk road in Yangon Region with sandbags.

A mobile medical team of the Yangon Region Command provided healthcare services to flood victims who took shelter in Kyaiklat Monastery, Nyaungdon Township.

Office of Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services

Myanmar: Myanmar: Population affected by floods (RRD information as of 10th August 2016)

11 August 2016 - 8:10am
Source: Myanmar Information Management Unit Country: Myanmar

Myanmar: Myanmar: Humanitarian Bulletin, Issue 2 | April - June 2016

11 August 2016 - 6:49am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Myanmar
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Urgently needed shelter upgrades are underway in Rakhine camps which still house 120,000 internally displaced people four years after the outbreak of violence.

  • Humanitarian organisations face access challenges five years after the conflict in Kachin and northern Shan was reignited.

  • Fresh fighting has displaced thousands of people in Kachin, Shan and Rakhine.

  • IDPs tell of their struggle to educate their children in Kachin’s camps.

  • The challenges of accessing health care in Rakhine.

  • Humanitarian organizations have been working to increase the resilience of communities where women and children are vulnerable to protection risks due to annual flooding.

  • 18-strong Myanmar delegation joins 9000 participants at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.

Urgent IDP shelter repairs underway in Rakhine

More than a million dollars still needed for accommodation improvements

Urgently needed shelter upgrades are underway in Rakhine camps which are still home to approximately 120,000 internally displaced people four years after the outbreak of violence in 2012. Successive rainy seasons and floods, as well as Cyclone Komen in 2015, have taken a toll on these shelters which were originally only built to last a maximum of three years. Many structures are now at the end of their lifespan. In May, the shelter situation was further compounded by a fire which swept through Baw Du Pha 2 camp in rural Sittwe destroying 49 long houses and affecting around 2,000 people. The Rakhine State Government moved quickly to respond and rebuild all of the damaged long houses in the camp. But across other camps in the state, shelter needs remain acute. A joint assessment conducted by the Rakhine State Government and humanitarian partners in March 2016 in priority camps of Sittwe, Pauktaw and Myebon townships indicated an urgent need for major renovations to more than 60 per cent of the long-houses in the Sittwe camps and full rehabilitation of more than 80 per cent of three assessed camps in Pauktaw. Significant renovation work was also needed in one large camp that contains 89 long-houses in Myebon Township.

In response, the international community committed more than US$2.5 million in assistance to address chronic needs in 11 camps in Sittwe, three in Pauktaw and one in Myebon which are collectively home to more than 95,000 displaced people. The Shelter Cluster Lead, UNHCR, initially committed US$1.1 million and the Lutheran World Federation invested US$300,000 towards the work. In June, an additional US$1 million was made available through the Myanmar Humanitarian Fund and the Danish Refugee Council further supported these efforts with another US$270,000 in funding. Despite these efforts, made possible by the generosity of Australia, Sweden and the United Kingdom, there are still chronic needs remaining for more than 30,000 people in camps across Sittwe, Puaktaw, Kyauktaw, Kyaukphyu, Ramree and Rathedaung. Estimates suggest this work could cost an additional US$1.5 million and the Shelter Cluster is speaking to relevant authorities in Nay Pyi Taw to explore the Government’s capacity to cover this remaining gap. As the Rakhine State Government’s quick response to the fire in Baw Du Pha 2 camp illustrated, its capacity to address shelter needs is impressive. As the Shelter Cluster Lead, UNHCR continues to advocate for this gap to be addressed as an urgent priority.

Myanmar: Myanmar: Floods - Information bulletin n° 1

11 August 2016 - 4:02am
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Myanmar

This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Myanmar Red Cross Society, with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has analyzed that the available information points toward significant humanitarian needs. A scaled-up response which will require support from the IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) or other international disaster response mechanisms is envisioned.

The situation

Floods brought by monsoon rains that have been pounding parts of Myanmar since late July 2016 have affected a number of townships in Sagaing, Mandalay, Bago, Ayeyawaddy, Magway and Yangon region and to some extent, Kachin State.

According to the latest figures released by the Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD), at least 377 000 people have been displaced from their homes in the six states with Magway being the most affected area – where some 60,000 people have been displaced. Five people have died – two in Sagaing, two in Kachin and one in Yangon. Many schools remain closed across affected areas. Flood waters are gradually moving south towards the Ayeyarwady Delta. Monsoon conditions persist and is moderate to strong over the Andaman sea and the Bay of Bengal, threatening further rainfall.

State and local governments are leading the response, sandbagging vulnerable areas along river banks and providing food, water, relief items, cash and some construction materials to affected people. The Emergency Operations Centre has not been activated at this stage and the response is mostly being managed at the State/Regional level using existing resources. The government is coordinating with the Red Cross and civil society organizations which are providing relief supplies including food, water and oral rehydration salts, as well as assistance with evacuations.

The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology has indicated that the swelling of rivers in upper Myanmar comes as the country enters what could be the peak month of the monsoon season.

Thailand: Resettlement of Myanmar Refugees from Temporary Shelters in Thailand, 31 July 2016

11 August 2016 - 3:44am
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Myanmar, New Zealand, Norway, Thailand, United States of America

Myanmar: BGP collects money from Rohingya travelers in Maungdaw

11 August 2016 - 1:20am
Source: Kaladan Press Network Country: Myanmar

Burma Border Guard Police (BGP) are collecting money from Rohingya travelers within Maungdaw Township since July 29, who crossed bridges, BGP camps and BGP headquarters, said Halim, a human rights watchdog from Maungdaw.

Rohingya community need to cross many bridges and BGP camps -for plying from him home to another place like Maungdaw town market or another villages - have to pay 500 kyats even showing their travel documents - White cards (TRC), light green cards (NVC), National Registration cards (NRC) and Village admin travel recommendation letters, Halim, more said.

The BGP personnel blocked plying of their journeys, if Rohingya refused to pay money, even at the BGP headquarters, said U Petan Ali from Maungdaw north.

The BGP headquarters is only 9.7 kilometers away from Maungdaw Town and it is situated by the Maungdaw-Bawli Bazar highway road. So, the villagers who want to ply Maungdaw town or other areas from Maungdaw north, have to cross the BGP headquarters, he more added.

Every day villagers have to cross the BGP headquarters, bridges and BGP camps to go to their working sites, markets, to visit their relatives and to see doctors for treatment. Every times, they need to carry the said travel documents and pay Kyat 500 to the gate is a very heavy task for the villagers. The villagers who have not able to pay Kyat 500, he /she is not able to see even his/her dead relatives, Nur Mohamed, a former school teacher from Maungdaw.

Rohingya community from Maungdaw district have to pay the so called tolls at every bridges, BGP camps and BGP head headquarters gates every day. How many bridges along highway road in Maungdaw township only, each bridge gate collects 500 kyats, how much money the BGP get per day from Rohingya community and how the Rohingya community able to pay the so called tolls money. The Maungdaw people haven’t get any benefited under Burma law and order system, Nur Mohamed more added.

Myanmar: Myanmar: BGP collects money from Rohingya travelers in Maungdaw

11 August 2016 - 1:20am
Source: Kaladan Press Network Country: Myanmar

Burma Border Guard Police (BGP) are collecting money from Rohingya travelers within Maungdaw Township since July 29, who crossed bridges, BGP camps and BGP headquarters, said Halim, a human rights watchdog from Maungdaw.

Rohingya community need to cross many bridges and BGP camps -for plying from him home to another place like Maungdaw town market or another villages - have to pay 500 kyats even showing their travel documents - White cards (TRC), light green cards (NVC), National Registration cards (NRC) and Village admin travel recommendation letters, Halim, more said.

The BGP personnel blocked plying of their journeys, if Rohingya refused to pay money, even at the BGP headquarters, said U Petan Ali from Maungdaw north.

The BGP headquarters is only 9.7 kilometers away from Maungdaw Town and it is situated by the Maungdaw-Bawli Bazar highway road. So, the villagers who want to ply Maungdaw town or other areas from Maungdaw north, have to cross the BGP headquarters, he more added.

Every day villagers have to cross the BGP headquarters, bridges and BGP camps to go to their working sites, markets, to visit their relatives and to see doctors for treatment. Every times, they need to carry the said travel documents and pay Kyat 500 to the gate is a very heavy task for the villagers. The villagers who have not able to pay Kyat 500, he /she is not able to see even his/her dead relatives, Nur Mohamed, a former school teacher from Maungdaw.

Rohingya community from Maungdaw district have to pay the so called tolls at every bridges, BGP camps and BGP head headquarters gates every day. How many bridges along highway road in Maungdaw township only, each bridge gate collects 500 kyats, how much money the BGP get per day from Rohingya community and how the Rohingya community able to pay the so called tolls money. The Maungdaw people haven’t get any benefited under Burma law and order system, Nur Mohamed more added.