UNDP Assists in Recovery from Floods in MyanmarAug 10, 2015
[Yangon – August 11] As flood affected people in Myanmar return to their homes, the United Nations Development Programme is already taking steps to help communities recover from the disaster and build back better livelihoods.
In the first instance, UNDP has seconded senior staff to the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in the nation’s capital Nay Pyi Taw. The Centre coordinates the response to the floods. UNDP will support the operations of the Centre and strengthen coordination and information sharing.
UNDP is also leading an inter-agency team in Magway Region to assess the damages caused by the disaster, in addition to joining assessment teams in Rakhine, Chin and Sagaing, the other three areas declared disaster zones. The team will assess the damages caused by the floods, including to infrastructure and farmlands.
Based the assessments, UNDP will join forces with the Government of Myanmar and other partners to start implementing programmes in flood affected areas to enable the people to recover their livelihoods. At this time, anticipated recovery needs range from supporting communities to clean debris in the aftermath of the flood to the supply of agricultural inputs to resume rural livelihoods.
During the last 2 weeks of July, heavy rains caused floods and landslides in several parts of Myanmar. Monsoonal rains intensified and brought flash floods and landslides in 12 of Myanmar’s states and regions as Cyclone Komen made landfall in Bangladesh on July 30. Latest figures released by government indicate that 100 people have died in the disaster, more than a million people affected and 1.2 million acres of rice fields destroyed.
UNDP Myanmar Communications Specialist