Emergency and humanitarian action

WHO provides emergency health supplies and funds to flood-hit DPR Korea - September 2016

World Health Organization is providing emergency health supplies and funds to DPR Korea where flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains have left hundreds of thousands of people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in its northern provinces.

To meet immediate health needs of the affected population, USD 175,000 has been made available from WHO South-East Asia Regional Emergency Fund (SEARHEF). Medicines and medical equipment have been provided in form of 26 emergency health kits.Each emergency health kit can take care of health needs of 10 000 population for three months. Five tents have been provided to establish temporary hospitals in the affected areas along with diarrhoeal kits, water filters and water testing kits.

Many health facilities are damaged and some completely destroyed, severely hampering health services and availability of medicines for the affected population living in sub-optimal water and sanitation conditions and vulnerable to water borne and other diseases. Children, pregnant women, people with disabilities and the elderly are the most in need of support.

Myanmar Earthquake 2016


A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake shook central Myanmar on 24 August 2016, killing at least four people and damaging famous pagodas in Bagan and other regions. The earthquake, with its epicenter about 12 miles west of Chauk and about 123 miles southwest of the Mandalay seismological observatory, was recorded at 5.04 pm, according to the Meteorology and Hydrology Department. There are no confirmed casualties, one man and one woman were killed in Pakokku when a tobacco processing factory collapsed and two young girls at Yenanchaung were killed after a landslide and house collapsed. Currently, the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has not been activated and the Union Government is closely monitoring the situation.

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.