Con­tin­ued vig­i­lance ad­vised as mon­soon flood­ing threat abates

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CONTENTS -

The United Na­tions Of­fice for the Co­or­di­na­tion of Hu­man­i­tar­ian Af­fairs says the num­ber of peo­ple stay­ing in flood­ing evac­u­a­tion sites has dropped but con­tin­ued vig­i­lance is ad­vised given that more heavy mon­soon rain is fore­cast.

OCHA Myan­mar said on 27 Au­gust that just un­der 4,500 peo­ple re­main in evac­u­a­tion sites, down from a peak of more than 110,000on 13 Au­gust.

How­ever, the or­ga­ni­za­tion said con­tin­ued vig­i­lance is ad­vised with the mon­soon sea­son on­go­ing and more heavy rain­fall fore­cast.

The fo­cus will be on the re­cov­ery phase once the flood­wa­ters have com­pletely re­ceded.

As of 26 Au­gust, more than half the cur­rently dis­placed peo­ple are in Bago re­gion, where more than 2,500 peo­ple were still un­able to re­turn home. All evac­u­a­tion sites in Mon State that had been opened are now of­fi­cially closed. Mag­way re­gion has eight re­main­ing sites, while one site re­mains open in Kayin State and two in Man­dalay re­gion. Only 12 sites re­main open na­tion-wide.

Most es­sen­tial needs were cov­ered by the quick in­ter­ven­tions of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and na­tional and state first re­spon­ders, in­clud­ing the Fire Ser­vices, the lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion and the Mil­i­tary – as well as the Myan­mar Red Cross, So­ci­ety, monas­ter­ies, churches and other faith groups, civil so­ci­ety and pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als.

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