Myanmar & Sudan: acute crises lead to new joint responses.

As complex crises unfold in Myanmar and Sudan, the alliance introduces two new acute joint response.  Over a month ago conflict erupted in Sudan putting millions of people in need of humanitarian assistnace. On the other side of the globe crises struck Myanmar as it had to deal with the ravages of Cyclone Mocha. Through our Acute Crisis Mechanism, we have managed to launch a quick response meant to effectively deal with the determined needs of the affected people.

Conflict Erupts in Sudan 

In April violence erupted in the capital of Sudan, Khartoum, worsening the humanitarian crisis already present in the country. Over 24 million people now need urgent humanitarian assistance, both in areas facing humanitarian crises for many years and in areas that until recently were less affected. Millions of people have been displaced, forced to leave their homes, with many more facing hunger and the threat of disease.

The organisations united by the Dutch Relief Alliance and its Sudanese partners are responding through a multisectoral intervention that aims to provide immediate relief to the most acute needs. The intervention focuses in particular on protection services required to ensure the populations’ safety from violence and abuse as well as food assistance, water and sanitation, and direct cash support.

Myanmar: Cyclone Mocha 

On May 18th a deadly Cyclone ripped through Myanmar with 280 km/h (175mph) winds. The Cyclone has affected people in the low-lying area of Rakhine state the hardest which is why the Joint response shall focus in on this area. It will last six months, finishing in November.

The Acute Joint response is multi-sectoral, with a focus on WASH, food, shelter, and multi-purpose cash. Due to the current political landscape in the Rakhine state access for international non-governmental organisations is restricted. To manage this the Joint response partners have effectively collaborated with partners in Myanmar who have greater access to the concerned area.

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