Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (1 - 7 November 2016)
WFP has been granted access to deliver food to four affected villages in the north of Rakhine State where security operations have been underway for the past four weeks.
This follows the visit by the UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator to the north of Rakhine with nine Ambassadors last week. This is the first time humanitarian access has been granted to the affected areas of Maungdaw Township since the violence that erupted on 9 October. The UN continues to advocate strongly for full access to all affected areas to assess and respond to all humanitarian needs and to resume pre-existing humanitarian activities. For the past month food, cash and nutrition assistance benefitting approximately 150,000 people has been suspended.
Heavy rains have triggered floods in southern parts of the Philippines.
On 3 November, flash floods in the municipality of Isabel, Leyte province, affected more than 3,000 people, and on 6 November, flash floods in Sultan Kudarat province, Mindanao, affected over 19,000 people with hundreds of people displaced to evacuation centres.
The municipal Social Welfare and Development Offices are responding to the needs of the affected families.
22,000 people affected
More than 450,000 people across 17 districts remain affected by drought. A significant reduction compared with 800,000 affected people the week prior. According to the local Meteorological Department, rains are expected in the drought affected areas over the coming 10 days which should ease the drought conditions but also poses a risk of floods.
450,000 people affected
According to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, 51 of the 76 provinces of Thailand have experienced flash floods during this year’s rainy season (July to October).
While the regular rainy season has now ended, as of 6 November, flooding continues in Phetchaburi and Krabi provinces in the south of the country.
Local authorities are providing assistance to the affected households.
The situation is expected to improve as the current area of low pressure weakens.
Typhoon Meari is currently a Category 1 tropical cyclone, but is expected to weaken and unlikely to threaten populated areas. Meari is the 34th storm of the 2016 Northwest Pacific storm season. Peak storm activity is normally August, September and October however the storm season will continue into December.
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