Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (13 - 19 June 2017)
As of 16 June, floods and landslides in the Chittagong Hill Tract region and surrounding areas have killed 156 people. Rangamati, Chittagong and Bandarban districts are the worst affected. While electricity was partially restored in Rangamati, power disruptions are affecting access to water. According to UNICEF, 30 to 40 per cent of water points in the affected areas are flooded. In consultation with the Government, UNICEF stands ready to deploy pre-positioned emergency supplies for water, sanitation and hygiene, child protection, education and nutrition. UNDP has mobilized an emergency early recovery team to support the response and develop a longer-term rehabilitation plan.
156 people killed
Fighting between the Myanmar military and the Kachin Independence Army that broke out in early June in Tanai Township (Kachin State) has displaced over 800 people to Tanai town, according to the JST. Those displaced are staying in four church compounds where they are receiving basic assistance, including food and NFIs, from local religious groups, State authorities, local NGOs and CSOs. An unknown number of people have also left the area and returned to their places of origin in other parts of the country.
2 800 people displaced
As of 18 June, about 315,000 people have been displaced by conflict between the military and a non-state armed group in Marawi City (Lanao del Sur province). A total of 83 evacuation centres are hosting 17,800 people. Ongoing clashes, primarily in the commercial area of the city, have trapped about 500 civilians. On 14 June, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council activated the national response pillar and assumed leadership of the regional coordination centre in Iligan City (Lanao del Norte province). IASC cluster leads are supporting the Government-led clusters.
Cholera and measles vaccination campaigns are being carried out by the Department of Health and the Department of Social Welfare and Development will begin disbursing PHP1,000 ($20) cash assistance to families affected by the conflict to purchase food for the end of Ramadan.
315,000 people displaced
Forecast models indicate that there is a 50 to 60 per cent probability of an El Niño event developing in the second half of 2017, with Pakistan categorized as a high-risk country. In addition to the increased chance of severe monsoon rains in the north, an estimated 300,000 of the most vulnerable people (including 192,680 children) in Sindh Province are potentially affected by worsening drought conditions. Humanitarian partners are developing a preparedness plan aligned with priorities identified by the Government of Pakistan.
300,000 people potentially affected
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