South Asia earthquake and tsunamis: Myanmar
Myanmar was largely spared from the earthquake and tsunami, particularly when compared to other affected countries in the region. The destructive force of the tsunami was further minimized by the particular topography of the southern and delta coastlines, as well as the rocky nature of the islands, which provided physical protection for the populations. Initial emergency needs have largely been met by the government and aid community. Provision of safe drinking water is a primary concern, as some local drinking water ponds are contaminated with salt water, and some wells were filled with sand. Ongoing assessments indicate further assistance is required in the areas of shelter, food and non-food items such as blankets, clothes, cooking sets and mosquito nets. Myanmar is beginning to focus on rebuilding any potentially damaged or destroyed infrastructure, and on mid- and long-term support.
- Initial emergency needs largely met - further focus on provision of safe drinking water and other basic needs
- Focus on rebuilding any affected infrastructure, and on mid- and long-term support
- Increase disease surveillance sensitivity
Last update 30 January 2006