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.