Nearly five months into the post disaster response in Myanmar, more than 33,000 metric tonnes of food have reached over 733,000 people affected by Cyclone Nargis. There has been successful prevention of outbreaks of waterborne diseases, as well as dengue, in the cyclone affected areas.

The Tripartite Core Group (TCG) recognises that the needs of the Cyclone Nargis’ victims are still great and that increased and committed financial support is necessary in order to continue assistance to the cyclone survivors.

Almost 50 per cent of the requirements in the revised UN Flash Appeal remain unfunded. According to OCHA’s Financial Tracking Services, total contribution now stands at USD 240 million out of the USD 482 million required. Agriculture and early recovery continue to be the least funded sectors.

An estimated 2.4 million people were affected when Cyclone Nargis swept across the Ayeyarwady Delta and Yangon Division in early May this year. The TCG continues to foster cooperation and serve as a mechanism to resolve issues affecting efficient aid delivery, such as access. Currently, 1,676 visas have been issued and 2,036 group travel authorisations have been provided.

“Solid relief efforts have been done. The Government of Myanmar appreciates the support by the international community and welcomes the continued operations,” says Chairman of TCG and Deputy Foreign Minister of Myanmar U Kyaw Thu.

UN Resident Coordinator, Bishow Parajuli, underlines the importance of continuous support through the various recovery phases and calls upon the international community not to forget the cyclone survivors as the months pass. 

“People and communities have been severely affected. It will take a long time until the needs are met,” says Mr. Parajuli.

This is also highlighted by Thai Ambassador Bansarn Bunnag, Senior ASEAN member of the TCG.  “We must maintain concerted efforts in helping to bring back their lives.”

There are concerns of possible water scarcity in the coming dry season because of the increased salinity of pond water due to the cyclone and the far below average rainfall. A concerted effort from different stakeholders is required to meet the needs for clean water. There also is a need for durable and sustainable shelter that is able to withstand the weather conditions that the cyclone affected areas are prone to.

Looking forward, the TCG will undertake Periodic Reviews to regularly assess progress in the humanitarian effort. The first review is planned for November with the presentation of the outcomes in mid December. A unique partnership among the Government of Myanmar, ASEAN and the UN continues in all these efforts.

 

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Notes:
The Tripartite Core Group (TCG) was officially established on 30 May 2008. It comprises high-level representatives of the Government of the Union of Myanmar (GoUM), ASEAN and the United Nations.

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