Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (7 - 13 March 2017)
As a result of attacks on security and civilian targets by the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army in Laukkai (Kokang Self-Administered Zone) on 6 March, media sources reported that up to 20,000 people are estimated to have fled across the border into China. At least 30 people, including five civilians, were reportedly killed in the violence. Thousands of migrant workers from other parts of Myanmar have also fled the Laukkai area and are returning home.
20,000 people estimated to have crossed into China
Between 7 and 10 March, torrential rainfall and river floods across 12 districts in Riau and Jambi provinces affected around 89,700 people. Local authorities confirmed three deaths and one missing as a result of the floods. In Bogor and West Bandung district (West Java province), 800 houses were also flooded. Local governments responded to these events and provided basic relief assistance to the affected communities.
89,700 people affected
As of 12 March, over 11,000 people in Lamitan City (Basilan province) and Tambulig municipality (Zamboanga del Sur province) are displaced by flooding. Two deaths in the provinces of Misamis Occidental and Sarangani and one missing person in Maguindanao province were also reported.
The floods damaged 127 houses, mostly in Lamitan City. Local disaster management authorities, with support from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Humanitarian Emergency Action Response Team and the Philippine Red Cross, are providing relief items to those affected in Basilan.
11,000 people displaced by flooding
Below average rainfall is affecting several islands in the Pacific.
In Kiribati, a drought situation is affecting several areas including Butaritari,
Beru and Kirimati. An emergency situation has not yet been declared. Low water levels are also reported in Nauru, Tokelau and Tuvalu.
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