Myanmar – Further Flooding Displaces Thousands

As many as 100,000 people are currently displaced by flooding in Myanmar, according to figures from the country’s Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD).

RRD report that 6 states or regions are affected: Kachin State and Sagaing, Magwe, Mandalay, Ayeyarwady and Bago regions. Magwe (55,336 displaced) Mandalay (25,040), and Sagaing (13,040) are the worst hit.

Flooded areas of Myanmar, as of 31 July 2016. Image: Myanmar Information Management Unit
Flood affected areas of Myanmar, as of 31 July 2016. Image: Myanmar Information Management Unit

The country has been affected by flooding since the onset of monsoon rains. At least 14 people died and 26,000 were affected by flooding in Ayeyarwady, Bago, Sagaing, Chin and Rakhine in June this year.

Flooding continued through the early weeks of July, when Rakhine state was the worst affected, with 25,000 displaced and at least 2 dead. Flooding and landslides were reported in Kachin and Chin states, and Magway, Bago and Sagaing Regions.

European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) say that state and local governments are leading the response to the current flood situation, sandbagging vulnerable areas along river banks and providing food, water, relief items and some construction materials to affected people. They are also coordinating with Civil Society Organisations who are providing food and water in some areas.

World Food Programme (WFP) has been asked to support the government on food needs and assessments in some areas. UNICEF has provided 2,000 hygiene kits to RRD for distribution in affected areas. The Myanmar Red Cross Society is also supporting evacuations and providing relief items in affected areas. Partners have updated preparedness plans and are coordinating closely with the authorities for any additional response activities.

Flood Summary

Last updated: August 18, 2016
Event
Myanmar, July to August 2016
Date
July 8, 2016
Type
Inland flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall, Long-term rainfall
Continued heavy rain across parts of Myanmar since early July has brought further flooding and landslide to several regions / states, in particular Rakhine state, and also Kachin State and Sagaing, Magwe, Mandalay, Ayeyarwady and Bago regions. From 05 August, Mon state was affected. By  18 August, Sagaing, Kachin, Mandalay, Magway, Bago, Mon, Yangon, Ayeyarwady, Shan, Chin and Kayin were all affected.

Locations

A - Minbya, Rakhine
B - Ann, Rakhine
C - Mrauk-U, Rakhine
D - Kyauktaw, Rakhine
E - Magwe
F - Mandalay
G - Sagaing

Magnitude

Rainfall level
125 mm in 24 hours
Ann, Rakhine - July 13 to July 14, 2016
Rainfall level
103 mm in 24 hours
Manaung, Rakhine - July 12 to July 13, 2016

Damages

Fatalities
2 people
Rakhine - July 8 to July 21, 2016
Evacuated
25,000
Rakhine - July 8 to July 21, 2016
Buildings destroyed
6 buildings
Minbya, Rakhine - July 8 to July 21, 2016
Buildings damaged
5,000
Rakhine - July 8 to July 21, 2016
Evacuated
234,000
Kachin State and Sagaing, Magwe, Mandalay, Ayeyarwady and Bago regions - July 27 to August 10, 2016
As of 03 August, Magwe (55,336 displaced) Mandalay (25,040), and Sagaing (13,040). Kachin State and Ayeyarwady and Bago regions also affected. Numbers of displaced increased thereafter. By 08 August, Mon state was also affected.
Fatalities
8 people
August 4 to August 18, 2016
According to Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD), 2 fatalities in Kachin, 2 in Saigang, 3 in Bago and 1 in Yangon.
Affected
477,360
July 1 to August 18, 2016
As of 18 August, the worst hit regions by numbers affected are Magway (204,365), Mandalay (107,200), Ayeyarwady (74,989), Bago (53,357) and Sagaing (27,996).