Participants are being trained in analyzing maps produced as part of International Charter activations.

As part of the technical advisory support it provides to countries worldwide, UN-SPIDER carried out an Institutional Strengthening Mission to Myanmar from 11 to 15 March 2019 upon the request of the government. This activity was jointly organized by UN-SPIDER and the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat), under auspices of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettle­ment (MSWRR) of Myanmar. It was hosted by the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC). Experts from the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP), the... read more

Publishing Date: 19/03/2019

The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) and the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) carried out a joint high-level advocacy workshop in Myanmar... read more

Publishing Date: 18/03/2019
Training course on ‘Post Disaster (Earthquake) Rapid Damage Assessment’ in Myanmar
The Centre for Space Science Technology and Education for Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP), UN-HABITAT, and UN-SPIDER conducted the training course entitled ‘Post Disaster (Earthquake) Rapid Damage Assessment’. It was held in Yangon, Myanmar, from 28 March to 2 April 2017. Its objective was to enhance the capacity for rapid damage assessment using geospatial and Earth observation technologies.  The event was conducted as part of the UN-SPIDER’s technical advisory services which began in 2012 in the case of Myanmar.  The training course was hosted by the Yangon Technological University in... read more
Publishing Date: 04/04/2017
UN-SPIDER conducted and Institutional Strengthening Mission (ISM) to Myanmar

The UN-SPIDER team conducted an Institutional Strengthening Mission (ISM) to Myanmar from 27 June to 1 July 2016. The aim of the mission has been to identify Myanmar’s needs in disaster and risk management and is a follow-up to two missions conducted previously in March and November 2012. 

Since 2012 great efforts were taken by Myanmar authorities to improve their use of space-based information in risk and disaster management: an... read more

Publishing Date: 05/07/2016
Heavy monsoon rains have caused floods and landslides in Myanmar (Source: UNICEF)

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated on Wednesday, 5 August, due to floods caused by torrential monsoon rains in 12 of the 14 states of Myanmar, particularly in Chin, Magway, Sagaing and Rakhine areas. UNITAR-UNOSAT sent the request to activate the mechanism on behalf of UNDP Myanmar.

The flooding and subsequent landslides have killed 69 people and affected more than 250,000 so far. Additionally, great economic damages were caused in the delta regions, specialized in rice production, which raises concerns about food security. Local authorities stated that 1 million acres of farmland were flooded and more than 65,000 acres have been destroyed.

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Publishing Date: 06/08/2015
2 August 2013, the International Charter was activated

On 2 August 2013, the International Charter was activated by request of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) on behalf of UNDP, with the aim of supporting Myanmar to deal with the damages that flash floods, heavy rains and landslides have caused in the southeastern part of the country.

The country of Myanmar suffers the effects of monsoons every year between the months of July and October. This year, three people have been killed, up to 38,000 others have been evacuated into relief camps and one person is missing, according to state media reports. Kayin and Mon states are the most affected areas, with people... read more

Publishing Date: 05/08/2013
Flood area map created by the International Charter for Bangladesh in 2009

On 15 May, 2013, UNITAR/UNOSAT, on behalf of UNOCHA, activated the International Charter Space and Major Disasters to obtain satellite-derived image-products for the impact of tropical cyclone Mahasen.

Cyclone Mahasen struck the southern coast of Bangladesh, on 16 May 2013, and is expected to affect as much as 8.2 million people in the area. Hundreds of thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate in advance of the oncoming storm in Bangladesh and neighbouring Myanmar.

While the storm has not been classified as severe, the main concerns are about the resulting floods and landslides left in the cyclone's wake. This was evident in Sri Lanka, where at least seven people were... read more

Publishing Date: 17/05/2013

UN-SPIDER and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), prospective Regional Support Office of UN-SPIDER, are jointly organizing a national training course on Geo-informatics for Disaster Risk Management in Nay Pyi Taw, the new capital of Myanmar from 26-30 November 2012. The programme is supported by the Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement and UN OCHA Myanmar Office.

The national training course on Geo-informatics for Disaster Risk Management is attended by over twenty participants from various line ministries and departments involved in supporting disaster risk... read more

Publishing Date: 27/11/2012

Myanmar's Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD), the nodal agency for Disaster Management in Myanmar, launched an online portal for wider dissemination of policies, guidelines, manuals and activities regarding disaster risk reduction. The launch ceremony was organized on 16th July 2012 at Nay Pyi Taw and was chaired by the Deputy Director General of Relief and Resettlement Department, Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement. Approximately, 30 ministries, UN Agencies and NGOs attended the launch ceremony. The Website is an all-in-one source of Disaster Risk Reduction information for Myanmar. The Asian Disaster... read more

Publishing Date: 23/07/2012

UN-SPIDER successfully concluded its Technical Advisory mission to Myanmar, which was conducted from 19 to 23 March at the invitation from the Government through the Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) of the Ministry of Social Welfare. The mission was headed by Mr. Shirish Ravan and included experts from the UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER Office in Beijing, UNESCAP, the Centre for Space Science Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP), the National Disaster Reduction Centre of China, United States Geological Survey (USGS), the University of South Wales,... read more

Publishing Date: 20/03/2012

Two 7.0 magnitude earthquakes stuck Myanmar on March 24. Earthquakes struck a relatively rural section of the country that borders on Thailand, Laos, and China. But these back to back disasters, earlier in Japan and now in Myanmar, prompted Chinese government will launch a campaign to map the country's active fault lines.

Meanwhile, USGS has released map of the earthquake's intensity and map of the location of the quake. On the other hand, in China, according to Ran Yongkang, a senior research fellow with the Institute of Geology under the China Earthquake Administration (CEA), the earthquake faults detection work will be finished by 2020. Ran added that a separate and smaller-scale active fault detection campaign had started in China's major cities including Beijing and Shanghai in 2004.

Earlier, Gao Mengtan, with the CEA Institute of Geophysics, said the country is working... read more

Publishing Date: 28/03/2011

UN-SPIDER Training Activity

Post-Disaster (Earthquake) Rapid Damage Assessment

The course included theory and hands-on sessions focused on the use of earth observation in providing critical information and rapid mapping during earthquakes. The participants learned about the role of...

Date of training: 28/03/2017 to 02/04/2017
Geo-informatics for Disaster Risk Management

The participants were introduced to the concepts of...

Date of training: 26/11/2012 to 30/11/2012

Advisory Support

The Republic of Myanmar is exposed to multiple natural hazards which include storms, floods, landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts and forest fires. In 2008 tropical cyclone Nargis devastated much of the coastal areas of the country. At the request of Ministry for Social Welfare of Myanmar, a Joint Technical Advisory Mission was organized by UNOCHA and led by UN-SPIDER. The aim of the mission was to identify ways and means to integrate high-end technological advances, especially space applications to enhance the disaster-risk management capacity of the Government.

Mission dates: 19/03/2012 to 23/03/2012


A training programme named ‘Post Disaster (Earthquake) Rapid Damage Assessment’ was held at Yangon, Myanmar on 28 March – 2 April 2017. Its objective was to build capacity for rapid damage assessment using geospatial and earth observation technologies.

It was hosted by Yangon Technological University in collaboration with Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Myanmar Engineering Society and Myanmar Earthquake Committee. It was organised as a recall of the Chuak earthquake in August 2016 that severely damaged some of the religious structures in the heritage site of Bagan, with the purpose of developing capacities in use of earth observation and geospatial... read more

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