Emergency and humanitarian action

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.

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.
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.
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.