As heavy monsoon rains during the month of July have caused flooding, flash floods and landslides in several parts of Myanmar, a state of emergency has been declared in Rakhine State, Chin State, Magway Region and Sagaing Region.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$110.6 million of humanitarian assistance to the country since the start of 2015. Japan is the top donor to Myanmar, contributing 16% of total current funding in 2015 (US$17.2 million).
The UN-coordinated Myanmar 2015 response plan requests US$190 million from donors to assist crisis-affected people in the country. It is currently 38% funded at US$73.1 million. A further US$37.6 million has been committed or contributed outside of the appeal.
While no funding has been reported in response to the flooding so far, the regions currently affected have received US$20.8 million in response to other crises in 2015, almost a fifth of total funding to Myanmar in this year.
GHA AND THE START NETWORK
The GHA Programme is partnering with the START network to help to inform its funding allocation decisions. The START network is a consortium of British-based humanitarian INGOs, which has recently launched its own fund to help fill funding gaps and enable rapid response to under-reported crises where need is great.
When the START members issue a funding alert, we produce (within 12 hours) a rapid overview of the humanitarian funding picture – recent funding, an overview of appeals and funds, and analysis of donor trends. The analysis is targeted not only at the START network but also to a wider set of stakeholders engaged in these crises – including donors, humanitarian organisations, analysts, advocates and citizens.