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    Relief operations in Myanmar’s Rakhine state receive boost from UN emergency fund

    Women in Thea Chaung camp, Rakhine State, Myanmar, prepare a
    meal. Photo: UNOCHA/ Nicole Lawrence

    UN News Centrer: 
    26 April 2013 
    The United Nations Central Emergency Response
    Fund (CERF) has made available $5 million in additional funding to provide
    life-saving assistance to some 69,000 people displaced by the violence in
    Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
    This is the third allocation of funds from
    CERF for urgent humanitarian operations in Rakhine state following
    inter-communal violence that erupted there in June and October 2012, according
    to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
    The violence led to large-scale internal
    displacement and a marked increase in people fleeing by boat from the region,
    OCHA Myanmar said in a news release. “The violence caused not only
    displacement, but also a loss of life, livelihoods and property.”
    Currently, the UN estimates there are more
    than 140,000 people displaced throughout the state.
    “Thanks to CERF’s immediate funding,
    humanitarian agencies are able to respond in a decisive manner to provide
    urgent life-saving aid such as emergency shelter, improved sanitation, water
    facilities, and healthcare. However, additional funding is still needed to meet
    all the needs,” said the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar, Ashok Nigam.
    The latest allocation brings the total CERF
    disbursement for the humanitarian situation in Rakhine to more than $15 million
    since June 2012. The $5 million will go towards the activities of four UN
    agencies and their humanitarian partners so they can carry out activities in health, shelter, water and sanitation. It is
    especially timely, as UN agencies prepare to step up operations ahead of the
    monsoon rains in June.
    Since its launch in 2006, CERF has provided
    $76 million in response to disasters and underfunded emergencies in Myanmar,
    with Rakhine state receiving $37 million.
    CERF enables the fast delivery of life-saving
    assistance to people affected by natural disasters and other crises worldwide.
    It is funded by voluntary contributions from Member States, non-governmental
    organizations, regional governments, the private sector and individual donors.