Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (28 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017)
Armed conflict continues between the Myanmar military and the Kachin Independence Army in Kachin State. On 27 December, more than 2,500 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Zai Awng/Mungga Zup camp in Waingmaw Township temporarily relocated to makeshift shelters several kilometres north of the town after mortars landed within the vicinity of the camp. Urgent needs amongst the IDPs include shelter, food and NFIs. Local NGOs are providing initial assistance including food, hygiene kits, solar lanterns, water and sanitation services, with support from the UN and INGOs.
Between 29 December and 2 January, flooding in the provinces of West Java, Aceh, Central Java and East Java left thousands of homes underwater for two to three days. An estimated 22,000 people were directly affected and dozens of homes were damaged in Aceh. Local government in the affected areas provided relief assistance with support from provincial and national government. National authorities forecast that the rainy season will continue until March and have issued warnings to local governments to remain on alert for additional flooding and landslide incidents.
22,000 people affected
Between 23 and 29 December, the number of new arrivals from Rakhine State (Myanmar) to Bangladesh continued to increase. Regular monitoring is being undertaken to confirm the number of new arrivals in registered camps, makeshift settlements and host villages in Teknaf and Ukhia upazilas (sub-districts) in Cox's Bazaar. Food, shelter, clothing, basic household items (NFIs) and medical services remain priority needs. To support ongoing life-saving protection, food, nutrition, WASH, health and shelter activities, about US$3 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund has been allocated.
US$3 million CERF allocated
On 29 December, Mount Bulusan, an active volcano, in Sorsogon province erupted sending ash plumes up to 2 kilometres in the air. While there were no reported casualties or damage, a 4 kilometre radius danger zone has been imposed by authorities. Communities living within valleys and along rivers and streams around the volcano have been advised to observe caution.
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