Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (27 September - 3 October 2016)
On 27 September, Typhoon Megi, made landfall in Taiwan Province of China killing four people and injuring over 160 people. Megi caused power outages which affected over 3 million houses – the worst disruption of electrical supply in Taiwan Province of China since Typhoon Soudelor in 2015 (which cut power to more than 4 million houses).
After hitting Taiwan Province of China, Typhoon Megi made a second landfall in Quanzhou city, Fujian Province, in eastern China early on 28 September as a Category 1 typhoon. The state media reported that heavy rainfall triggered landslides in Zhejiang Province killing eight people while 19 people are still missing. Local authorities are providing assistance to the affected communities. Megi was the third typhoon to hit China within the past two weeks. 1
12 people killed
An estimated 5,600 people have been relocated in Myaing Gyi Ngu village, Hlaingbwe Township, Kayin State, as a result of intensified fighting near their homes. Many of the affected people were temporarily evacuated by authorities in anticipation of conflict between the military and the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army splinter group. Kayin State authorities are leading the response and report that most needs, including food, NFIs, education and health, are being met with support from humanitarian partners. 2
5,600 people relocated
As of the end of September, 2,250 families (12,880 people) displaced by the 2013 conflict between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front remain in transition sites in Zamboanga City. Humanitarian partners report that water and sanitation conditions in the sites continue to deteriorate. Of the 6,500 permanent housing units planned, the National Housing Authority has completed about 4,000, however most are still without functional plumbing and access to electricity. To date, 1,850 houses have been transferred to displaced families. 3
12,880 people displaced
On 3 October, Typhoon Chaba strengthened into a Category 4 typhoon as it moves towards the Okinawa Prefecture in southern Japan at 20 km/h. As of early morning 3 October, Chaba was located about 190 km south of Naha with maximum sustained winds of 180 km/h and gusts of up to 252 km/h. Chaba is expected to hit the islands around the evening of 3 October. Authorities have issued storm, high wave and storm surge advisories for the southern islands. In Kumejima (Okinawa), an evacuation advisory was also issued for 4,000 households (8,000 people) as a precaution. Local media report that public schools and transport networks have been suspended.4
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