Seasonal monsoon floods affected several states and regions in Myanmar since July 2018. Most affected areas are Bago, Kayin, Mon and Tanintharyi. A cumulative 152,211 people were reported to have been displaced, and 32 people reportedly died. 72 health facilities were affected by the floods.
Myanmar continues to face significant humanitarian challenges related to crisis in Rakhine State, armed conflicts in Kachin and northern Shan States and vulnerability to natural disasters. Ensuring effective humanitarian response in these areas remains a priority for WHO. WHO supports mobile medical teams of MoHS in Maungdaw, Buthidaung, Rathedaung and Sittwe townships of Rakhine State -- to provide life-saving health care to conflict affected people.
Myanmar is prone to various natural hazards. Historical data show that there have been natural disasters every few years. The humanitarian community in Myanmar, represented by the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), developed and regularly updates the inter-agency Emergency Response Preparedness (ERP) Plan to support the Government of the Union of Myanmar in preparing for, and responding to, hazards that may affect the country.
Following the events of 25 August 2017, WHO is working closely with the Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS) at Union and State levels to provide emergency health assistance to affected people. MoHS mobilized health staff from other parts of the country to augment local emergency health response. Importantly, health sector meetings were organized in Sittwe on 10 October and 16 November 2017.
Cyclone Mora made landfall between Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh on 30 May 2017. Strong winds and heavy rains from the cyclone caused damage to thousands of houses, Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) shelters and other infrastructure in Rakhine State.
WHO and Health Cluster partners support rapid health assessments and response in flood-affected areas, Rakhine State
Since the beginning of July 2016 heavy monsoonal rains have hit several areas of Myanmar, resulting in floods in five townships of Rakhine State and putting other States and Regions of the country (Sagaing and Magway regions, Chin state) on high alert for flooding risk.