As of 19 February, over 30,700 people remain displaced in northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region) by flooding triggered by a series of weather systems since 8 January. At least 2,100 people are in 18 shelters, while most are staying with relatives and friends. Local authorities and NGOs, with support from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are providing food and other relief items.
258.7 million population (2016 projection) 49.8% Female 50.2% Male
148 million Number of people living in areas prone to a natural disaster
US$3,346 Lower middle income GDP per capita (2015)
As of 17 January, an estimated 644,000 people across eight provinces have been affected by drought and salt water intrusion over the past four months. Batticaloa District in Eastern province is the worst affected with 302,000 people experiencing the effects of drought.
The Government has initiated water trucking in Batticaloa and taken measures to import additional rice in the event the prolonged drought has significant impact on food supplies. The President of Sri Lanka has established a Task Force to coordinate the response.
During 2016 there were 2,342 disaster events, caused 522 deaths, 3.05 million displaced, 69 287 houses damaged and destroyed 2,311 units of public facilities, floods being the most common disasters and landslides the deadliest ones.
On 25 December, Typhoon Nock-Ten (locally known as Nina) made landfall over Catanduanes province as a Category 3 typhoon. As of 27 December, Nock-Ten affected an estimated 112,000 people in four regions (Regions IV-A, IV-B, V and VIII). Before landfall, nearly 430,000 people were pre-emptively evacuated. The Government is leading ongoing relief operations and assessments. To date, no deaths have been confirmed by authorities. The typhoon continues to weaken as it moves further off shore.
112,000 people affected
Local humanitarian organizations estimate up to 15,000 people may have been displaced into China since 20 November, as a result of fighting between armed ethnic groups and the Myanmar Military. A further 2,400 people from northern Shan have been displaced within Myanmar. Needs in Myanmar are mostly being met by local community based organizations with some support from INGOs.
A 6.4M earthquake in Aceh on 7 December resulted in 101 deaths, 670 injuries and displaced more than 83,000 people. This figure includes those who prefer to stay outside their homes due to aftershocks. Nearly 3,000 homes were heavily damaged. A two-week emergency response phase has been declared. A robust Government-led response is underway, supported by in-country HCT members and other partners. The Government does not see a need for international assistance at this time.
101 people killed
Fifty years of tropical storms in Asia-Pacific
This map shows a consilidated history of tropical storm paths over the past 50 years in the Asia-Pacific region. The area of calm either side of the equator can be seen clearly, leaving Indonesia, Malaysia,
Singapore and Papua New Guinea largely unaffected by major storms.
On 14 November, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck northeast of Christchurch on South Island at a depth of 15 km. The media reported at least two people were killed. Following the earthquake, a two meter tsunami was recorded in Kaikoura. The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM) immediately issued a tsunami land warning for the East Cape to Southland, including Wellington and the Chatham Islands but has since been cancelled. A state of emergency was declared in Kaikoura.
Typhoon Haima struck the northern Philippines on 19 October. As of 28 October, nearly 31,000 people remained displaced in Region III and Cordillera Administrative Region as a result of Typhoon Haima (4,000 people are in 20 evacuation centres and 27,000 are hosted by relatives and friends). Around 192,000 houses have been damaged, mostly in Cagayan and Isabela provinces. The Government, local and international NGOs are providing assistance to the affected communities.
31,000 people displaced
On 19 October, Category 4 Typhoon Haima (locally named Lawin) made landfall in Cagayan province. After landfall, the storm left a broad path of debris, causing flooding and landslides, and damaging about 46,000 houses. As of 24 October, authorities have confirmed eight fatalities and approximately 159,000 people remain displaced (38,000 people are staying inside evacuation centres and 121,000 people outside of evacuation centres). The Government is leading the humanitarian response and has declined an offer of international assistance.