Continued vigilance advised as monsoon flooding threat abates
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.