Emergency and humanitarian action

Myanmar Floods - 2016

The torrential rains in the country since the onset of the monsoons have led to flash floods and landslides impacting many parts of Myanmar from the rest. The main areas affected include Magway, Mandalay, Yangon, Kachin, Ayeyawady, Mon, Bago and Sagaing. The first report of flash floods was in late June in Kachin province and since then has impacted a larger area and is a matter of national concern. The major rivers have touched the highest ever levels in recent past and have led to disruption of daily normal activities in large areas of the country. Many schools have been closed. The relief measures have been taken up by the National Government with international agencies to help the affected population. The flood water is now at present flooding the southern parts of the nation.

Flash Floods and Landslides in Southern Region of Bhutan - July 2016

The torrential rains in the catchment areas of the main rivers in the country due to onset of the monsoons in the region has led to flash floods and landslides impacting and cutting off many parts of the south Bhutan from the rest. Four districts of Samtse, Chhukha, Tsirang and Sarpang in the southern part of Bhutan are worst affected by floods. The first report of flash floods was on 22nd July and since then has impacted a larger area and is a matter of national concern. Many landslides resulting in major roadblocks on the national highways, farm roads and damages to bridges were reported all over the country. Royal Government of Bhutan has requested WHO SEARO on 29 July for financial support to carry out relief measures in the affected areas particularly for the health services to the affected population. The WHO country office in Bhutan is in constant touch with the MOH and is monitoring the situation closely and regularly.

Earthquake in Maw Laiak Township, Sagaing Region, Myanmar (13 April 2016)

According to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) of Myanmar, an earthquake of intensity 6.9 magnitude, hit the Sagaing Region, north-western part of Myanmar at 20:27 (Myanmar time) on 13 April 2016. WHO is in contact with MoH and Township Medical Officers in affected areas have been mobilized to evaluate damage. So far there are no reported casualties and there is only some damage in infrastructure. There are no reports of damage to health facilities.

Nepal Earthquake 2015

Woman being treated after earthquake.
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.