Myanmar 2015

Total allocations: US$8,905,409

Rapid Response

Heavy rains have caused floods and landslides in several parts of the country during the last two weeks of July. On 30 July, Cyclone Komen made landfall in Bangladesh bringing strong winds and additional heavy rains to Myanmar, which resulted in a significant expansion of flood water and caused landslides across 12 of the country’s 14 states and regions: Rakhine, Magway, Sagaing, Chin, Mandalay, Kayin, Mon, Ayeyarwady, Yangon, Kachin, Shan and Bago. On 31 July, President U Thein Sein issued a statement declaring that “the following regions which are hugely affected by natural disasters and have challenges for rapid restoration to normality, are announced as natural disaster zones (1) Chin State, (2) Sagaing Region, (3) Magway Region and (4) Rakhine State.” As of 4 August and according to the Government’s Relief and Resettlement Department over 215,000 people have been affected and at least 47 people have died across the 12 states/regions. In the four disaster zones alone, over 160,000 people are affected, of which 131,000 are displaced from their homes.

Rapid Response