Emergency and humanitarian action

Heavy rains trigger floods in Myanmar, WHO releases emergency funds

Locals use makeshift raft and rubber inner tube as a means of getting through flooded road in Kale township of Sagaing Region, Myanmar, 03 August 2015. Myanmar president declared four regions (Sagaing, Magway Regions and Rakhine, Chin States) as disaster zones on 31 July 2015. Heavy monsoon rains caused floods around Myanmar with dozens deaths being reported as thousands are fleeing their homes in several regions across the country. In Myanmar monsoon starts at the beginning of June and ends in September.
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Locals use makeshift raft and rubber inner tube as a means of getting through flooded road in Kale township of Sagaing Region, Myanmar, 03 August 2015.

Heavy seasonal rains have caused flooding in 11 of the 14 States and Divisions in Myanmar, affecting over 200,000 people. Chin and Rakhine Sates, Sagaing and Mague Divisions are the worst-affected.

WHO has extended funding support through the South East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund (SEARHEF), to meet the immediate needs of the emergency response.

Many health facilities are inundated and patients are being evacuated to safer grounds. Floods, flash floods and landslides have damaged roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

The Ministry of Health, WHO and other health partners are working in close coordination to support relief work. WHO Staff are supporting emergency response together with the State Health Departments.

Nepal Earthquake 2015

Woman being treated after earthquake.
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An elderly woman receives medical treatment at the open site of an hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, 26 April 2015.

WHO is working closely with Nepal’s government to ensure that medical aid is delivered effectively after the Nepal earthquake on 25 April 2015

10 years recovery from the 2004 tsunami

It has been a decade since the devastating tsunami hit this region with a vengeance claiming lives of close to 200 000 people, displacing more than 2 million from their homes and destroying /damaging huge areas of the natural environment and human built structures along the coast of 10 countries in South-East Asia and five countries in East Africa.

The region has come a long way since the 2004 event in its preparedness and capacity building initiatives in the area of disaster risk reduction and emergency risk management by formulating guidelines and disseminating knowledge and skills to manage health emergencies during crisis situations and assisting in building disaster resilient structures.

Mt. Kelud Volcano Eruption, Kediri-Blitar-Malang District, East Java Province,13 February, 2014

A hazard zone has been declared within 10 km radius from the crater. As of 18 February, MoH has reported 6 deaths, 15 missing and 83,674 IDPs across 89 camps. Local government response has included mobilisation and deployment of evacuation team, mobilisation of health posts, mobile health teams and three field hospitals, distribution of masks to the affected population and a rapid response team to assess the needs of affected districts.